When discussing car accidents on California streets, many assume these collisions involve vehicles crashing into one another. Often, that is the case. However, many vehicle disasters involve cars hitting pedestrians. Sadly, the first half of 2020 saw an alarming number of pedestrian injuries and deaths.
2020 brought dangers to pedestrians
The number of recorded pedestrian deaths during the first half of 2020 proves staggering. 2,957 people died in the United States during that period. Shockingly, such deaths took place at a time when fewer people were traveling on the road. Unfortunately, fewer vehicles on the road do not automatically mean fewer accidents.
When there are fewer cars on the street, some may choose to violate traffic laws. A person driving late at night “when no one seems to be around” could fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, make illegal turns on red, and more.
Such behavior may replicate during times when traffic appears light. Speeding, for example, might be tempting to some who feel they have an open road. Failing to think about the dangers may lead to an avoidable crash. Fatalities could result.
Dangers to pedestrians
California is one of seven states that comprised more than half of pedestrian deaths. That sobering fact alone may lead some to exercise more caution when crossing the street or even walking in a parking lot.
Anyone hit by a negligent driver could sue or seek an insurance settlement. Families may a wrongful death suit if negligence caused someone’s passing.
An attorney could explain the legal options for those suffering losses from pedestrian accidents. An attorney may help a client file suit against all liable parties.