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Pedestrian and Hit and Run Accidents: Safety Reminders from Mr. O’Brien & Mr. Zehnder

Posted on February 17th, 2014 by Staff

A pedestrian was fatally struck on eastbound Highway 50, east of the Interstate 80 connector in West Sacramento last month. The victim has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner’s Office as Bryson Rush Labourdette, 25, of Davis. Investigators say the pedestrian was hit by multiple vehicles and ended up 100 feet west of where he was struck first. The incident is currently treated as a hit and run crash.

The incident was reported to dispatchers around 6 am, when someone in dark clothes was seen walking where Highway 50 and Interstate 80 merge. A later report on the California Highway Patrol Incident page indicated that the pedestrian had run into the traffic and been hit. A body was reported in the fast lane of the Highway 50 at 6:16 am.

A disabled vehicle with dealer plates was found parked to the side of the freeway about a mile east of the Harbor Boulevard exit. Police have not said whether that vehicle was driven by the pedestrian or not. Traffic delays were experienced mostly on westbound Highway 50. The CHP reported that all lanes reopened about 10:30 am.

Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 69,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes. Considering these numbers, the NHTSA reported a 3% increase in pedestrian related fatalities from the numbers reported in 2010.

In 2011, pedestrian deaths accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, and made up 3% of all the people injured in traffic crashes. There were a total of 2,791 traffic fatalities in the state of California, of which 625 accounted for pedestrian fatalities, representing 22.4% of all traffic fatalities recorded in the state.

Some of the most common injuries of pedestrians following a hit and run accident include:

What You Need to Do after a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run accidents are often overwhelming for victims and drivers alike. Pedestrians must have a basic idea of what they need to do if the liable party flees the scene. If possible, victims should try to jot down the make and model of the vehicle that hit them. The license plate number would be most helpful but it is often difficult to remember during and after the incident.

You will need to contact the local police to report the accident. It is important if possible to try to remember every detail as it relates to the crash. The more information you are able to provide, the better the chances of catching the culprit. Seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not feel any type of pain whatsoever. Minor symptoms can develop into serious conditions in time.

Important Safety Reminders

John M. O’Brien & Grant Zehnder recommend the following important safety reminders for pedestrians and drivers in order to limit the possibility of accidents.

For pedestrians:

  • walk on a sidewalk or path whenever they are available
  • walk facing traffic (on the left side of the road) on the shoulder, as far away from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk or path available
  • keep alert at all times and do not be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road environment
  • be cautious night and day when sharing the road with vehicles and never assume a driver sees you
  • be predictable as a pedestrian and cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible
  • locate well-lit areas for crossing when crosswalks or intersections are not available, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely and continue to watch for traffic as you cross
  • be visible at all times: wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night
  • stay off freeways and other pedestrian-prohibited or restricted-access roadways
  • avoid using alcohol and drugs when walking, as they impair your abilities and judgment

For drivers:

  • look out for pedestrians everywhere at all times
  • be vigilant for pedestrians in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather
  • slowdown and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk
  • stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
  • never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk
  • never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • follow the speed limit
  • follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods

Contact Sacramento & Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyers John M. O’Brien & Grant Zehnder

You will need to seek the assistance of a hit and run accidents lawyer and start your claim early, within the first couple of weeks after the accident. Compensation for catastrophic injuries should entirely reflect the physical and psychological impact of your injury. The Sacramento & Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm will help you file accident benefits claims or life-long disability claims to receive the compensation you need. Contact the office and schedule a free consultation with John M. O’Brien & Grant Zehnder today at 800.722.4176.

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