The city of San Diego is a wonderful place to live and work, with its warm weather and gorgeous beaches. However, the city recently earned less desirable recognition — as the sixth-worst location in the United States for pedestrian accidents.
The rankings come from a local organization called Circulate, a nonprofit created to reduce pedestrian deaths, with the ultimate goal of eliminating them completely by 2025. The group reports that speed is one of the most serious issues facing pedestrians, who often are at risk on certain corridors where drivers often travel at high rates of speed. In 2014, approximately 1,000 pedestrians were killed while walking or biking on San Diego’s streets.
Action at the city level
Recently, Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed a number of improvements that could help reduce the rate of pedestrian accidents in the city, including $41 million in infrastructure improvements that would help keep walkers and bikers safe. The mayor also aims to add more bike lanes and crosswalks that would remind motorists to pay attention and slow down in certain areas.
Often, pedestrian accidents occur in spots where drivers fail to notice people on foot, such as where intersections and crosswalks are not clearly marked. Motorists may not realize that pedestrians have the right-of-way, and may turn before these individuals have a chance to safely cross. The improvements Mayor Faulconer has suggested may help ease some of these concerns across the city.
After a pedestrian accident in the San Diego area, you may need to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash. Learn more by contacting the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.