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Category: Pedestrian Accidents

Crash Tests Show Some Pedestrian Collision Avoidance Systems Do Work

By Brian Chase on November 1, 2019 - No comments

Crash Tests Show Some Pedestrian Collision Avoidance Systems Do Work

New crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that automakers are making progress on technology that may decrease the alarming amount of pedestrian accident fatalities that have taken place. According to Consumer Reports, six midsize cars have received top ratings in the latest IIHS pedestrian detection tests. Seven other cars were awarded the second-best score of “advanced.” Only three of the 19 models tested received the lowest score of “no credit.” …Read the rest »

 

Pedestrian Accidents Disproportionately Affect Low-Income Areas

By Brian Chase on September 23, 2019 - No comments

Pedestrian Accidents Disproportionately Affect Low-Income Areas

Federal crash statistics show that after more than three decades of declining pedestrian fatalities, the number began to climb in 2010. Since 2010, nearly 40,000 pedestrians have died. But, an in-depth article in the Los Angeles Times points out that pedestrians in low-income, predominantly minority neighborhoods in cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston and Orlando, are more at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. These are often pedestrians who tend to walk to work. …Read the rest »

 

Police Say Tesla That Fatally Struck Pedestrian in San Francisco Was Not on Autopilot

By Brian Chase on July 26, 2019 - No comments

Crashes Involving Tesla's Driverless Smart Summon Feature Being Reported

A rented Tesla that was speeding when it ran a red light, killed a man and critically injured his wife was not on Autopilot mode, police said. According to a KTLA news report, the Tesla, driven by Kelly Cambridge, struck and killed 39-year-old Benjamin Dean, and severely injured his wife, Kelly Dean, who remains in critical condition. …Read the rest »

 

Girl Killed, Younger Sister Critically Injured in South Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident

By Brian Chase on April 5, 2019 - No comments

Girl Killed, Younger Sister Critically Injured in South Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident

Marlene Lorenzo, 14, was killed and her younger sister, Amy Lorenzo, 12, was critically injured in a pedestrian accident in South Los Angeles after they were struck by a large truck that was making a turn at an intersection. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal accident occurred on the morning of April 4 at the intersection of Broadway Place and 37th Street. The truck was making a turn north onto Broadway Place from 37th Street when it struck the girls. The sisters were walking near a middle school. …Read the rest »

 

New Report Shows Pedestrian Fatalities Hit the Highest Number Nationwide Since 1990

By Brian Chase on March 4, 2019 - No comments

Pedestrian Accidents Disproportionately Affect Low-Income Areas

The number of pedestrians killed on the nation’s roadways in 2018 was the highest in 28 years, according to a new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). A KTLA news report states that the increase can be attributed to driver and walker distraction, alcohol and drug impairment and more SUVs on the road. The GHSA uses data reported by states for the first half of 2018 and estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year, up 4 percent from 2017 and 35 percent from 2008. …Read the rest »

 

California Cities Rank Among the Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

By Brian Chase on February 11, 2019 - No comments

California Cities Rank Among the Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

A new pedestrian safety report released by Smart Growth America has ranked California as the 16th most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. According to an article on Patch.com, the report ranked Bakersfield as the state’s deadliest metro area for pedestrians. It’s the seventh most dangerous city in the country for pedestrians with 247 fatalities during that period. …Read the rest »

 

Driver Distracted by Cell Phone Causes Fatal Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident

By Brian Chase on January 25, 2019 - No comments

New California Distracted Driving Law Will Penalize Drivers Texting or Holding a Phone

Police say an unlicensed driver was looking at her cell phone when she struck and killed 65-year-old Yong Do Kim who was crossing the street in Westlake the night of Jan. 23. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, Kim was walking in a marked crosswalk on 6th Street near MacArthur Park when the vehicle struck him. The impact of the collision caused him to be thrown 30 to 40 feet. …Read the rest »

 

Man Pushed in Front of Truck in Shock Attack by Homeless Stranger in LA

By Brian Chase on December 7, 2018 - No comments

Man Pushed in Front of Truck in Shock Attack by Homeless Stranger in LA

A man is in critical condition after being shoved into the street in front of an oncoming truck in a shocking unprovoked attack. The victim – a man wearing a suit, thought to be aged in his 60s – was walking down the street in Los Angeles when the daytime attack happened. As he walked along the sidewalk, a homeless man suddenly grabbed him and pushed him into the street, right in front of an approaching truck which slammed on its brakes to avoid running over him. The victim was left pinned under the front wheel of the truck for several seconds, writhing in extreme pain. The truck quickly backed up to release him and he was rushed to hospital in critical condition. …Read the rest »

 

Laila Ali Hits Elderly Pedestrian in Calabasas Parking Lot

By Brian Chase on December 6, 2018 - No comments

Laila Ali Hits Elderly Pedestrian in Calabasas Parking Lot

Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, struck an elderly male pedestrian with her car in a parking lot in Calabasas leaving him hospitalized with serious injuries. According to reports on TMZ and the Daily mail, the boxer turned TV star was driving in a store parking lot in Calabasas when the pedestrian accident occurred. The injured man was treated at the scene before an ambulance took him to an area hospital. He is said to be in stable condition. …Read the rest »

 

Study Shows Children Are 10 Times More Vulnerable to Fatal Pedestrian Accidents on Halloween

By Brian Chase on October 31, 2018 - No comments

Study Shows Children Are 10 Times More Vulnerable to Fatal Pedestrian Accidents on Halloween

Children are 10 times more likely to be killed by a car on Halloween compared to any other day during the year, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The Daily Mail reports that researchers found children between the ages of 4 and 8 are 10 times more likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween, and the most dangerous times for people to be struck were between 5 and 8 pm when most trick-or-treaters are out and about. Researchers also found that the risk of pedestrian accident fatalities spiked by 43 percent on Halloween compared to a week earlier or a week later.

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