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A Concerning Increase in Pedestrian Accidents

One of the easy things to forget amongst the 24 hour news cycle is that we live in one of the safest times in the history of this country. Deaths from homicide, disease, and accidents are all down to 50 year lows, and decreasing annually. Regulation, public education, and technological advances have brought road deaths to an all time low, and there's every reason to believe that the numbers will keep dropping.

One statistic, however, is not decreasing, and is in fact nearing highs not seen in 30 years: pedestrian deaths. Nationwide, pedestrian deaths have increased 27% from 2007 to 2016, and the distrubing trend seems to be increasing. California, Florida, Texas, New York and Arizona accounted for 43 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2017, despite only representing around 30 percent of the population.

San Diego is experiencing a 7 year surge in pedestrian deaths, with each passing year seeing a new record broken. In 2016, pedestrian deaths equaled those of the early 90's. The city of San Diego is the 7th most dangerous city in America for pedestrians, and worryingly, the trend shows no sign of stopping.

While experts still aren't sure what is causing the increase, they do point to two major factors that seem to be contributing to the rising pedestrian death rate:

Smartphone Usage:

Smartphone usage, a significant source of distraction, increased by 236 percent between 2010 and 2016. This, combined with the rising population of urban areas, means city streets filled with more people, paying less attention, and possibly putting themselves into increasingly perilous situations.

Streetlighting:

Federal data shows that 75% of all pedestrian fatalities occur at night. Cities that have successfully addressed the pedestrian issue, halting or even reversing the trend, have made major investments in improving street lighting.

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Handling Pedestrian Accidents With Care

The Injury Recovery Group in Costa Mesa is dedicated to helping victims of pedestrian accidents, and their families in Orange County and throughout California. You can trust that we will give your case the attention it deserves from the start. You will only work with one of our attorneys throughout your case. We do not pass your case on to associates or paralegals.

Serious Injuries Common After An Accident

Pedestrians are at risk for catastrophic injuries after an accident, including brain injuries, spinal cord damage and other serious and long-term injuries. These injuries often require costly medical treatment and even long-term care. How will you pay for these expenses?

We are successful personal injury lawyers who know what steps to take in your case. We are results driven and prepare every case for trial to make sure your rights and best interests are protected. We are not afraid to take your case to trial, but we also know how to effectively negotiate on your behalf when a settlement is in your best interests.

Let us guide you through your legal options. We represent pedestrians injured in crosswalks and all other types of accidents involving automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles. You have serious injuries. Don't you deserve to be taken care of after someone else's recklessness caused the accident? We believe you do.

We put our knowledge of the insurance industry and personal injury claims process to build a strong case. This knowledge and experience helps us pursue the best legal option in your case.

Schedule A Free Consultation

As your legal counsel, we will provide you with honest advice about your case and help you every step of the way. Do not wait to contact us if you have been injured. We will start advocating for you. Call 310-893-0062 or send us an email. We speak Spanish and Farsi.