Even though California has spent time focusing on making the streets safer for pedestrians, pedestrian deaths rose in California by approximately 7 percent in the first half of 2015 when compared to 2014. Between January and June 2015, 347 people were hit by cars while walking in California. In the previous year, 323 people were hit and killed by a car.
Labor Day is approaching, and that means that lots of people are going to be heading out of town and into places they're not familiar with. Traffic crashes are on the rise around the country, and having an influx of people unfamiliar with local roadways won't help.
When you're a pedestrian, there are many hazards. Vehicles that pass by you could get into an accident and crash into you, cyclists could collide with you or other hazards could result in you getting hurt. Take for instance this case: A young man was killed and another was injured when a trailer came loose from a truck.
All you wanted was to have a fun day at the beach, but it was promptly ruined as soon as some people brought their dogs out to play. At first, you thought they'd be fun, since you'd expect pets to be well-behaved in public. Soon, you found they were aggressive and snippy any time you got too close to where the people had sat down.
Whether you're a pedestrian or a truck driver, it's up to you to be safe on the roads. While it's negligence that causes most accidents on the roads, there are things that everyone can do to prevent accidents, from paying attention to slowing down.
If you're going out on the roads, one thing you'll need to do is share the roads with larger trucks. These vehicles can be daunting and may make you feel you have to be on high alert, but with the right information, you can stay safe.