Costa Mesa Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run car accidents occur all too frequently. Orange County has more than it’s share, unfortunately. Whether it’s a pedestrian being run down in a crosswalk,or a bicyclist run down from behind, cars are dangerous. What is causing these hit and run accidents? While officially there does not seem to have been an increase, if you read the newspapers you may think quite differently.
Many of the cases have been high-profile tragedies involving children or the elderly. Oftentimes the victims of a hit & run accident are lower socioeconomicly than the general population. nd thus is forced to walk more than a person who can afford a car. People in this these group suffered an average pedestrian death rate of 62 percent higher than those who can afford a car.
When looking at demographics, a report by Transportation for America, a According to the 2011 report, Latinos suffered an average pedestrian death rate 62 percent higher than that for non-Hispanic whites. The average pedestrian death rate for African Americans was 73 percent higher than for non-Hispanic whites. In addition, older Americans are more than twice as likely to be killed while walking as those younger than 65.
In the Transportation for America report, researchers found that nearly 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or greater.
Streets designed for speeding traffic rather than people contribute to these preventable deaths, researchers said.
Even without the distractions of cellphones, a driver needs 164 feet to stop a vehicle moving at 40 mph, the report said.
“My advice is always look,” Gielda said. “Stop, look and listen. Check for traffic before you step on that street.”
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he Transportation for America report concludes that unsafe road designs are putting pedestrians at risk, with more than 2,500 pedestrians killed as a result of being hit by a vehicle in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro area during 2000-2009.