San Diego is a beautiful bustling coastal city with an overall walk score of 57. This score is representative of the whole greater city area and not representative of small neighborhoods or towns with walk scores that range in the ’90s. A walk score is a great way for newcomers and visitors to see how walkable their living is. Walkability is important because you don’t always want to use your car as parking can be limited. Other times it is easier to walk because you can get their faster than dealing with traffic by car. Walking is also healthier for you. San Diego is known for their booming economy in health care and the state of California values walkers so much that they have ordained September as Pedestrian Awareness Month.
How to Walk Safely in San Diego
Walking in a city safely is a two-person role. You need both the walker and the drivers to work together to ensure that everyone is walking driving safely. Here are some walking safety tips to keep in mind the next time you are walking around San Diego:
Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you
Walk where it is appropriate and lawful. For example, use crosswalks correctly as well as intersections with signs or signals
Always look before crossing the street even if there are signs and signals
Stay visible to drivers even if it means physically moving around to show that you are crossing
Stay in designated walking areas to avoid being hit by cars who aren’t used to seeing people walk in those areas
Pedestrian Accidents can be really life-changing and cause catastrophic injury. It is estimated that an average of one pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes and injured every 8 minutes. Adults who are walking typically get hit in the lower leg first as it is struck by the car’s bumper. Then, depending on speed and situation, the person can be flung onto the hood, potentially hitting the windshield, and flying over the car.
Most common injuries involve the lower half of an adult’s body. Depending on the size of the adult and age of the person reflects where the car’s bumper will hit the person first. Children are more likely to be run over as they are knocked down whereas adults are knocked on to the hood. First, the legs, then the neck, back, and shoulders are affected. Then head trauma can occur last.
WHAT TO DO
If you or someone you love has been hit by a car while walking then you need to contact our San Diego Pedestrian Attorney at Edward J Babbitt Law Office will ensure that you get the representation that you need to get the compensation you deserve. Accidents like these can be costly and timely to file. Let us deal with the stress while you recover. Call to learn about how our services can get you the justice and compensation you deserve.