Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable persons on our roads, and are involved in an inordinate number of injuries and fatal pedestrian accidents every year. Most of these accidents can be blamed on motorist error or negligence, or lack of a safe walking environment.
The number of people walking to work, for exercise and for leisure has also increased in the country, placing pedestrians at risk of accidents with motor vehicles. Walking has been promoted as a safe and eco-friendly mode of transportation, but is not without its risks. Often pedestrians are at the highest risk of injuries when they are involved in an accident. These persons have no protection at all when they are involved in an accident with a car, and therefore, many of these accidents end in fatalities.
It is important that state and local agencies in California, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area and Walnut Creek, invest in a safe and friendly working environment for pedestrians. That includes the establishment of designated crosswalks, more pedestrian friendly sidewalks, and the promotion of pedestrian safety education, especially among motorists. In the absence of such initiatives, the pedestrian accident fatality toll has been consistently high.
Pedestrian Injury Statistics in Contra Costa County
- In 2009 Contra Costa County ranked 21st out of all 58 California counties for the number of pedestrians collisions by average population in the “number of collisions involving pedestrians” category, with 1st being the worst and 58th the best according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) safety rankings.
- From 2005 to 2009 there were 110 reported pedestrian-involved collisions in Contra Costa County 104 pedestrians were injured and five pedestrians were killed.
Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
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