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San Diego is famous across the globe for several things. At its foundation, America’s Finest City is known for its beautiful weather. That’s one of the reasons you see so many people walking around in different parts of the county. San Diego is definitely a walking city. It’s also a city with a lot of motorized traffic.
Unfortunately, these two variables combined increase the risk for San Diego pedestrian accidents. These crashes can be permanently destructive and even fatal. We are continuing our effort in bringing awareness to certain dangers to the public during National Safety Month. Today we’re going to provide information regarding San Diego pedestrian accident statistics. We’re also going to lay out some ideas to help you minimize the chance that you’ll ever be involved in such an incident.
The California Office of Traffic Safety, or OTS, is charged with collecting and organizing data that relates to all different types of traffic accidents. Clearly, pedestrian accidents are part of this body of data. The most recent year with complete data is 2013.
According to the OTS, 594 people were either killed or injured in pedestrian accidents in San Diego County during that year. 82 of those people were under 15 years of age. 73 of those pedestrians were 65 years old or older. That equates to more than 11 people per month who were either injured or killed in these crashes. A link to this searchable data can be found here.
Many people would likely guess that there are fewer San Diego pedestrian accidents than are reported. San Diego is a city where these crashes can occur for some common reasons. A few of them include:
There are many additional causes of these crashes, but the bottom line is that they occur in San Diego County with alarming frequency.
We have heard a lot of tragic stories over the years relating to pedestrian accidents. Below are some ideas to consider so that you can minimize the chance that you’re involved in one:
Overall, pedestrian accidents can be devastating because of the obvious disadvantages faced by people who collide with moving vehicles.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in this manner, contact the San Diego pedestrian accident attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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