Being a tourist is no easy feat. First, you must learn to read a city’s map in basically no time at all. Then, you must learn to navigate the city traffic and learn the personalities of its drivers. While some cities are relaxed and easy going, others are faced paced and quick to react.
Unfortunately, when bad circumstances and unfamiliarity meet, the outcome can be catastrophic. That’s why it’s extremely important to heed caution when visiting a new city and walking or driving its streets. The advice follows on the heels of a recent La Jolla pedestrian accident that has tragically left a tourist with a catastrophic head injury, clinging to life, according to San Diego 6.
The traffic accident occurred in University City near the intersection of La Jolla Village and Lebon Drive around 11:00 p.m. just shy of the New Years’ Eve. Details of this case, as published, remain unclear. It is uncertain whether the pedestrian in question had been using a crosswalk.
Regarding the driver, police officials do not believe alcohol was a factor in this case.
TOURISM: PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC
Late-night pedestrian traffic can be one of the most dangerous times to navigate the streets, especially if you’re new to a city. Although details remain unclear in this case, it’s always important to use a crosswalk, especially at night, but even protected crosswalks can prove to be dangerous in the face of limited visibility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable populations on the road. Of course, without any protection against the impact of a vehicle, pedestrians are indeed left to their own devices when it comes to safety. The CDC also notes that 76,000 people were injured as pedestrians last year; another 4,743 individuals were killed as pedestrians in traffic accidents. It goes without saying that pedestrians safety should always be top-of-mind when navigating roadways by foot.
As a tourist, be proactive and:
- Try to avoid late night foot traffic, if possible. Consider taking public transportation instead.
- Always use crosswalks for added protection when crossing the street.
- Wear reflective clothing when traveling at night and consider packing a flashlight and bringing it with you on walks for increased visibility.
INCREASING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FOR LOCAL SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS
Of course, pedestrian accidents can happen even if you’ve lived in a city for years, especially when it comes to children.
To increase pedestrian safety, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has put together community resources to increase neighborhood safety. In addition, the NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have put together the Safe Routes to School Program (SRSP) to increase walking safety. Schools, neighborhood groups, community service liaisons and safety advocates are encouraged to put the program into action to increase foot traffic safety, especially near schools where pedestrians are always frequently in circulation. For more information about the SRSP program, click here.
WHEN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Pedestrians who have been injured in a car accident can seek legal representation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury attorney specializing in pedestrian injuries to understand your legal rights. The call is completely FREE and we don’t collect until we win your case. Call now, 24/7: 1-800-655-6585
A woman is facing life-threatening injuries after a tragic Lemon Grove accident has left her in critical condition, reports indicate. The female pedestrian, 32, was struck by a vehicle near Skyline and Alton Drive in the Lemon Grove area according to officials.
The San Diego pedestrian accident occurred around dusk, 6:10 p.m., as she was crossing the street. Reports indicate she may not have been using a crosswalk. She was tragically struck by an oncoming vehicle resulting in serious, catastrophic injury according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
Paramedics responded to the scene and transported her to a local hospital where she was treated for catastrophic injuries. As for the driver, there are no expected citations and no one in the vehicle was hurt as a result of the accident.
USING CROSSWALKS, BEING PROACTIVE
It goes without saying that pedestrian accidents such as these are tragic and misfortunate events. Although the details of the case remain unclear, reports have indicated that the woman may have been crossing the street without the aid of a crosswalk.
A crosswalk is important for several reasons. First, a crosswalk reduces your risk of injury because it is a protected crossing for people who wish to cross the street. In other words, a crosswalk is meant for foot traffic and drivers are more aware of pedestrians when entering crosswalk areas. In addition, lit crosswalks such as those that use traffic lights to signal movement are even safer and should be used whenever possible. Even then, unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can occur. The reality is that not all drivers can see as well as we expect them to see and accidents do happen.
Nevertheless, it is important to remain vigilant in the face of potential danger.
For San Diego pedestrians, it’s increasingly important to use crosswalks every single time you cross the street. In some residential areas, it may be next to impossible to cross the street with the use of a crosswalk. In those cases, you must look right, left, then right again before crossing the street. In addition, never lose focus on your task even though it may seem mundane to cross a residential street. This advice is doubly important for those who are crossing with children. Always be aware of your surroundings and use a crosswalk whenever it is possible when traveling by foot with kids.
Finally, when it comes to dusk hours, nothing can be quite as dangerous as reduced visibility whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. On the case of driving, when you can’t see, you can’t react. If you’re a driver, use your headlights at the first moment of sunset. Although it goes without saying, be sure to eliminate all distraction and simply put everything down and focus on the road. So, pedestrians: be sure that if you’re traveling by foot in the later hours of the day, you wear bright or reflective clothing. In addition, consider holding a flashlight for casual strolls around the neighborhood.
WHEN SAN DIEGO PEDESTRIAN INJURIES OCCUR
In some cases, even a proactive pedestrian can be injured in an accident. If you have been injured by an oncoming vehicle and you believe it was the other person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The details of pedestrian accidents can be complex; speak to a personal injury attorney to understand your rights. The call is completely FREE: 1-800-655-6585. We don’t charge for the legal advice nor do we collect any money upfront to represent your case. Give us a call 24/7. We may be able to help.
In one of this week’s blog postings, we urged San Diego to be cautious when heading out as a pedestrian on our city streets. Like us, the city of El Cajon is also fired about pedestrian safety in wake of a fatality that occurred in one of the city’s most busy streets.
Earlier this month, a middle-aged man was killed after being struck by two cars in one of El Cajon’s busiest, controlled intersections. The individual was hit by at least two cars, according to NBC San Diego, and the accident was not the first of its kind at that intersection. Apparently, the area is notorious for being unsafe.
Residents of the area have noted unsafe conditions, especially due to the fast speeds that motorists are said to travel near the 800 block of Avocado Avenue. Others have expressed concern over the dim lighting of the street and its zoning. With increasingly high numbers of multi-housing in the area, residents say the congested zone is responsible for many of the vehicle accidents known to have occurred on that block.
According to NBC San Diego 7, city officials of El Cajon are investigating the area but there are no immediate plans to remediate the block.
CONTACTING THE CITY OF EL CAJON
If you’re like us, street safety is a huge passion. Perhaps you or a loved one was injured in a related accident or maybe you are a safety advocate determined to make a difference. Or maybe you’re both! Either way, to initiate change, voices must be heard.
If you’re familiar with the Avocado Avenue block in El Cajon, and you want to see something being done about its safety and the safety of the city’s residents, write a letter to the city manager to voice your concerns.
In addition, please be sure to increase your focus and attention when driving the area. Residents are also encouraged to use signage (such as a “Slow Down” sign made for residential streets and available for private consumer purchase) to encourage safe driving.
As always, be sure to eliminate all distractions when engaged in driving. Regardless of the area, you should always dedicate your attention to driving when behind the wheel of a vehicle. That means no phone calls, texting, fiddling with technology such as GPS or other dangerous behavior when driving. Simply put everything down and drive.
Save your own life or the life of another person; Do the right thing and drive distraction-free!
We hope that the city of El Cajon will work to make this area and other areas of concern safer to drive for its residents.
EL CAJON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
If you have been injured in an El Cajon pedestrian accident, speak to a lawyer to understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation including the right to recover for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses. Speak to a personal injury attorney now, FREE OF CHARGE, and pay nothing until we win your case: 1-800-655-6585.
As children, we are often taught to “look both ways” when crossing the street. But how many of us were taught to look both ways AND use a crosswalk before entering the street? Perhaps the old sayings our mothers taught us should be dusted off and reinvented for the new world we live in. The truth is that although we aim to be safe and cautious at all times, accidents can inevitably and tragically occur. In a recent case, a pedestrian in San Diego was tragically hit and killed by a motorcyclist crossing the street.
Police officials say the pedestrian had allegedly walked right into the path of the motorcyclist. Following the collision, the individual suffered a severed leg and several other serious injuries according to reports. Tragically, the pedestrian in question passed away as a result of the injuries.
Authorities according to NBC News San Diego noted that the motorcyclist was not cited for the accident.
San Diego officials are currently investigating the accident as details remain unclear.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: NAVIGATING SAN DIEGO STREETS
The city of San Diego is, generally, a safe place. Unlike other parts of the country where crimes are often rampant and urban life is undesirable, San Diego is more haven-like and serene. It’s no wonder we have earned the moniker as America’s Finest City. Nevertheless, accidents do occur even in our most idyllic town. When it comes to pedestrian safety, here’s what you can do to stay safe in San Diego.
Be cautious on residential streets
In many cases, individuals are often less cautious to cross streets within a residential area. Perhaps it is the reduced speed limit that provides a false veil of security. But the truth is that residential streets can be just as dangerous as the busy intersections of our community; although speed is, hopefully, reduced, the impact of a vehicle can cause catastrophic injury and even death when impact occurs within residential areas. Children are especially vulnerable.
- When a crosswalk is unavailable, always look both ways and then AGAIN both ways, right and left, and then right again, to ensure there are no cars coming your way. Proceed into the street once you have clearly identified that it is safe to cross.
- Children need to be monitored at all times. Unfortunately, we have blogged about recent news events in San Diego that involve children’s injuries due to car-related pedestrian accidents. Always supervise your children when they are playing in the front yard. If possible, encourage children to play in a secured backyard where traffic is a non-issue.
As a driver, look for and expect pedestrian traffic
Any time you get behind the wheel, you should always assume there will be pedestrian traffic. Whether you are on a residential street or a very busy, multiple-lane roadway, there will be people traveling by foot. In some cases, you may even see people on the freeway in cases of emergency.
- Drive proactively. Don’t lose your focus on the road ahead. You never know when a bicyclist will “appear out of nowhere” and cause you to brake hard to otherwise swerve to avoid collision. In addition, kids tend to dart unexpectedly into the road. Expect that there will be children when you enter residential streets. And, in some cases, some parents have allowed older children to ride bikes on busy roadways. Always expect that there will be some type of pedestrian on the roadway.
- Get rid of distractions immediately! If you haven’t made it a New Years’ resolution, we encourage you to do so. Simply let go of everything else when behind the wheel and simply DRIVE. Don’t use your cell phone, eat, apply makeup or otherwise be engaged in anything else but driving when you are behind the wheel. You just never know when an emergency will occur – be prepared to react!
When Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Unfortunately, San Diego pedestrian accidents occur and in many cases the results can be disastrous. If you or your child have been injured by a vehicle, it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are preserved. Please give us a call – 24/7 and FREE OF CHARGE – to discuss your case today. You may be entitled to financial compensation. 1-800-655-6585.
Pedestrian safety is such an important part of being mobile in San Diego. With the beach, shops, and the local attractions, our city boasts a lot of foot traffic in coastal neighborhoods and throughout inland areas, too. According to WalkScore.com, San Diego is the 18th most walkable city in the nation.
As passersby enjoy the attractions, though, it’s never been more important to practice roadway safety to avoid a pedestrian accident. While it is also the driver’s responsibility to watch for pedestrians, it often takes the diligence of the pedestrian to stay safe in traffic and beyond.
NBC San Diego is reporting a pedestrian accident involving a deputy in pursuit of a suspected drunk driver.
According to reports, a police official sped up to catch up to a suspected DUI driver when he struck a man — a worker at one of the nearby restaurants on West San Marcos Boulevard where the collision occurred.
He was just getting off work when the pedestrian accident occurred.
Reports indicate that police lights or sirens were not yet activated in the initial pursuit of the suspected drunk driver. A spokesperson for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department explained the deputy was devastated to have taken a life while trying to catch a DUI driver.
Pedestrians urged to take precaution
No one ever knows when an accident will happen. If we had that kind of foresight, many accidents would never occur. However, despite the fact that we cannot predict an accident, we can take precautions to help reduce their risk. Here are 3 things you can do today to be safe as a pedestrian in San Diego.
1. Look left, right, then left again – and then cross the street
Take your time in crossing the street. There’s no rush in getting across, especially if your life can depend on it. Look to the left, right, then left again before proceeding into the street. If traffic seems sporadic, then repeat the process until the coast is clear.
2. Use sidewalks
Walking in the street or in a bike lane is dangerous. Use the sidewalks instead, where walking is designated and separates you well away from traffic.
3. Use a crosswalk
Do not walk into the middle of the street or assume it is safe to cross a “less busy” street without using a crosswalk. Always use designated crosswalks when illuminated to cross the street. And even then, be sure to look 3 times in both directions (left, right, left) before crossing.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can happen even for the most overcautious individuals. And many times, the pedestrian is not at fault. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, and suspect the driver may be at fault for the accident, do not hesitate to call our firm at 1-800-655-6585 for a free consultation. You have legal rights, and we can help you get the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.