The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently reported auto accidents resulted in almost 6,000 pedestrians' deaths in 2017. The federal agency notes that this is the second year in a row that pedestrian deaths have reached a 25-year high.
It is no surprise that new cars are generally safer than their older counterparts. These vehicles have various safety mechanisms that are designed to reduce the risk of a crash and increase the likelihood that a driver and passengers within the vehicle will not suffer serious injuries.
A driver recently struck and killed a 26 year-old pedestrian in California. The accident occurred just after 8 in the evening and is under investigation. Although we do not know the exact cause of this accident, it does provide incentive to pause and question how we can better ensure our safety while enjoying California on foot.
It is a sight we have all seen when out on a walk or bike ride. We stop at an intersection only to notice the car that pulls up to make a right hand turn in front of us does not even notice we are there. Thankfully, we notice. We stop. We wait. If we had not, we would likely have gotten hit.