Cellphones clearly lead to a lot of distracted driving. There's a reason that recent laws have begun to make it illegal all over the United States. Drivers who are looking at their phones are not paying attention to the road, and that causes accidents.
Although the state is home to many wonderful hiking trails that offer incomparable vistas, California is not known as a pedestrian paradise. Los Angeles and other highly urbanized areas make car travel a requirement for most commuters and travelers. But this does not mean that drivers and passengers alone bear the injury risk of being near motor vehicles.
Maybe you're someone who likes to take a jog near the beach after work. Or, maybe you commute to your job by bike or just like to take an after-dinner walk.
A tragic crash that killed two 72-year-old women should serve as a reminder to all California drivers: Now that spring and better weather have arrived, we all need to be aware of more pedestrians out on the road, taking a walk and enjoying the fresh air.
We've read a lot the past few years about self-driving cars, which largely are designed to protect the people inside the car – not pedestrians. But that is changing.
A 57-year-old woman who likely was collecting recyclables was struck and killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles recently.
At some point, every day, we are all pedestrians.
California's Three Feet for Safety Act went into effect four years ago, and it was hailed as the way to keep bicyclists safe on the roads. The law required drivers to keep three feet between themselves and bike riders as they passed.
We think of auto-pedestrian accidents as occurring only when someone attempts to cross a street. But that is far from true.
The uptick in holiday traffic can spell trouble for pedestrians because so many of these drivers might not be paying attention. Distracted drivers who are around people walking can have disastrous consequences. If you are struck by a vehicle while you are walking, you need to ensure that you get medical care right away. Even at slower speeds, these accidents can lead to harrowing injuries.