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Pedestrian Safety Campaign - People Behaving Badly - YouTube

Stanley Roberts hangs out the the Alameda Police Traffic Division as they conduct a traffic safety campaign related to pedestrian safety
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Municipalities across California have begun stepping up law enforcement efforts on pedestrian traffic laws.  This comes on the heels of a spike across the Golden State in pedestrian injuries and fatalities.  This video is a prime example of people failing to abide by the California Vehicle Code sections which require motor vehicle operators to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and require pedestrians to not enter roadways unless and until it it safe to do so.


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Robbins & Associates's curator insight, March 26, 5:11 PM

Pedestrians are at risk with right on red.

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Pedestrian safety stepped up on 1st day of school

Pedestrian safety stepped up on 1st day of school | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
On this first day of school, San Francisco parents around the city were encouraged to walk their children to campus.
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School is back in session.  SLOW DOWN and look twice for child pedestrians.  You could save a life!!


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Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System

Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
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Vision Zero pedestrian safety program shifts to higher gear

Vision Zero pedestrian safety program shifts to higher gear | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
Back in February, as city officials were considering adopting a Vision Zero program to combat the increasing number of fatal collisions involving pedestrians, a car struck and killed an 87-year-old man in a Yorba Street crosswalk on dangerous Sunset Boulevard. Police Chief Greg Suhr said his department had issued 1,500 citations for speeding and other traffic violations along Sunset since the February fatality and an injury collision in March. [...] there hasn't been a pedestrian collision, he said. At the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day on Tuesday, agency officials will unveil their City72 Toolkit ( http://toolkit.sf72.org/), a guide for other cities and jurisdictions to riff off the city's SF72 ( www.sf72.org/home) home system for disaster preparedness. "Historically, if you looked at how government messaging works, it would go something like this: 'You're going to die if you don't get a flashlight and a kit,' " said Rob Dudgeon, San Francisco's deputy director for emergency services.
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U.S. City Thinks Having Pedestrians Carry Flags Will Keep Them Safe | Autopia | WIRED

U.S. City Thinks Having Pedestrians Carry Flags Will Keep Them Safe | Autopia | WIRED | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
The idea behind the program is simple: Drivers are more likely to see—and yield to—pedestrians carrying the flags, which make it abundantly obvious that the person is about to cross the street.
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It is a shame that cities are resorting to "flag waving" by pedestrians to prevent accidents at intersections.  This is an interesting experiment, though, into increased visibility and its relationship to reduction of mishaps between motor vehicles and persons traveling on foot.

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Robbins & Associates's curator insight, June 23, 1:35 PM

Pedestrians are at risk now.

 

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Pedestrian safety leads to more walking, or is it vice versa? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | National Resources Defense Counsel

Pedestrian safety leads to more walking, or is it vice versa? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | National Resources Defense Counsel | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
  As a nation, we Americans don’t walk very much, especially compared to residents of other countries.  Nationally, we take only about ten percent of our total trips by foot, while we take 83 percent by car, truck, or van. ...
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Interesting study and analysis showing correlation between increasing public safety for pedestrians and an increase in pedestrian traffic.  We all need to get out an walk more for our health and for the sake of the environment!

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City expected to come to a compromise on street width

City expected to come to a compromise on street width | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
Wide streets for fire department access or narrow streets for pedestrian safety? That question has been the subject of hearings and meetings in San Francisco as the city works to finalize plans for a development that will replace Candlestick Park in the city's Bayview District.
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Top 14 Most Walkable U.S. Cities - NBC News

Top 14 Most Walkable U.S. Cities - NBC News | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
If your legs are your main mode of transport, you’re ahead of the curve. A new study claims that people in other cities should be following in your footsteps...
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Not surprising to me as an Angeleno and a pedestrian accident attorney in L.A. that Los Angeles did not make the list.  Everyone seems hell-bent on getting in their car to go anywhere in the "City of Angels".  Pedestrian friendliness and safety seem to pay the price!

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Toyota’s pedestrian-detection system makes an impact at the Consumer Reports track

Toyota’s pedestrian-detection system makes an impact at the Consumer Reports track | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
Toyota’s latest safety technology may be of greater interest to those outside the vehicle than the passengers in it.
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While technology being developed by Toyota and other auto manufacturers to "detect" pedestrians and automatically brake seems somewhat promising, it will NEVER replace good, prudent driving habits.  As a pedestrian accident and injury lawyer , I see first hand that distraction and inattention leads to auto versus pedestrian collisions that cause serious injury or fatalities.  According to this study, the technology discussed is only operational at lower speeds.  Oftentimes, pedestrian mishaps occur at much higher rates of speed in scenarios such as running red lights or stop signs or failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks between between intersections.  Stay alert!  You can save a life!


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Glendale officials step up focus on pedestrian safety

Glendale officials step up focus on pedestrian safety | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
The camera focuses in on candles glowing on a birthday cake . A young girl wants to wait for her grandfather to arrive to make her wish, but her mother encourages her to do it without him. The scene switches to an older man walking down the street carrying a pink balloon and a present.
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Educating the public on the dangers of pedestrian accidents and stepping up law enforcement efforts to thwart dangerous driving activities like failing to yield to pedestrians in or near crosswalks is a good step in the right direction for the City of Glendale, CA.  Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena are all areas with large senior adult populations and heavy pedestrian and traffic volumes.  Seniors and children are at most risk for pedestrian accidents causing injury and death.


For more information on pedestrian accident and injury claims in Glendale, Pasadena or Burbank go to: victimslawyer.com/about-us/glendale-personal-injury-law-firm/


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Congressional action urged for pedestrian safety

Congressional action urged for pedestrian safety | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
More Americans die while walking than in natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, report says. Congress urged to take action to make streets safer for those on foot and bicycles.
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DID YOU KNOW?


  • Almost 50,000 people have died in the last 10 years on auto v. pedestrian collisions in the U.S.
  • This is more than 16 times the number of people killed by natural disasters.


Statistics like these show that pedestrian accidents causing injury and fatalities are a growing problem.  This is especially true in urban areas and areas with large populations of senior adults.


For more information on pedestrian accident and injury claims in Los Angeles and throughout California, click here.

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Child Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles

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Child pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles explained by lawyers protecting injured minors in the City of L.A. | 866-229-0101
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More San Francisco agencies signing on to pedestrian safety initiative Vision Zero

More San Francisco agencies signing on to pedestrian safety initiative Vision Zero | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s police and public health departments didn’t wait to formally adopt Vision Zero resolutions before taking measures to eliminate pedestrian traffic fatalities, but have...
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Vision Zero seems like a good ideal to strive for in reducing the number of pedestrian traffic collisions in San Francisco.  The city has seen a rash in fatal car accidents with persons traveling on foot in the past few years and more needs to be done to reduce this alarming trend.

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DA’s office, community group release separate pedestrian-vehicle safety initiatives

DA’s office, community group release separate pedestrian-vehicle safety initiatives | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
In the wake of seven pedestrian deaths this year and April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a South of Market area community group wants to...
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It is good to see both governmental and private community activists getting behind pedestrian safety in San Francisco.  The city has seen a spike in pedestrian accidents in the last several years.  More needs to be done to curb this disturbing trend.

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More than 50 Tickets Issued in WeHo Pedestrian Safety Operation | WEHOville

More than 50 Tickets Issued in WeHo Pedestrian Safety Operation | WEHOville | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
A sheriff’s department team conducted a pedestrian safety operation on Aug. 3 in West Hollywood and issued more than 50 citations.
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West Hollywood has tried to become much more pedestrian friendly in the last decade or so.  Most notably, the main thoroughfare through town (Santa Monica Boulevard) was re-done and more crosswalks and bike lanes were added.  Unfortunately, this stretch of road is one of the most heavily traveled streets on the west end of Los Angeles and is the main route between Beverly Hills and Hollywood.  This makes for a large mix of high volume pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic.  Given recent incidents of pedestrian accidents in the area, it is good to see a step up in law enforcement efforts by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to reduce these incidents.


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Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America's Poorer Neighborhoods

Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have approximately double the fatality rates of wealthier communities.
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Higher incidence of pedestrian accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities is something I have seen firsthand as a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles.  I'm glad to see studies now being done to substantiate the problem and to try to address issues that might reduce this alarming trend.

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The surprising reason crosswalk counters are causing car collisions - Urbanful

The surprising reason crosswalk counters are causing car collisions - Urbanful | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
Collisions between vehicles increase in intersections with pedestrian crosswalk countdown timer; pedestrians do just fine. (Racing in NASCAR is pretty #cool. Racing the crosswalk countdown timer is #not.
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LA Ranks High in Federal Report on Pedestrian Deaths

LA Ranks High in Federal Report on Pedestrian Deaths | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
Los Angeles had the second-most traffic-related pedestrian fatalities in a new report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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In Folsom Median Debate, Middle Ground Is Battleground For Pedestrian Safety - CBS Sacramento

In Folsom Median Debate, Middle Ground Is Battleground For Pedestrian Safety - CBS Sacramento | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
Commander Perry Albers says a new law banning people from standing on the median would curb the danger. They’ve had complaints from drivers recently, some worried about panhandlers in the middle of the road.
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Beyond Hot Spots: One Man’s Hunt for Pedestrian Dangers – Next City

Beyond Hot Spots: One Man’s Hunt for Pedestrian Dangers – Next City | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
When one engineer couldn’t find “hot spots,” he developed a new science around traffic-pedestrian safety.
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The Nation’s Health: 5 tips for making pedestrian safety a priority in your community | Public Health Newswire

The Nation’s Health: 5 tips for making pedestrian safety a priority in your community | Public Health Newswire | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
This Storify roundup on pedestrian safety is brought to you by The Nation’s Health, APHA’s newspaper.
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Pedestrian safety needs to become more of a priority in every community in the U.S.  There are far too many injury-causing and fatal traffic collisions involving persons on foot and motor vehicles.  This PSA from Public Health Newswire has some useful resources including some great links to educate on these issues.


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The 10 most dangerous cities for walking

The 10 most dangerous cities for walking | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
An advocacy group's Pedestrian Danger Index ranks cities and states. Wide streets and old people are a deadly mix.
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Surprisingly, Los Angeles didn't make the list of 10 most dangerous cities for walking.  As an attorney that represents pedestrian injury victims in the ""City of Angels", I can say that L.A. and the surrounding communities like Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and North Hollywood, if aggregated, would and should make the list as unfortunately, there are hundreds of pedestrian mishaps leading to injury and death every year in the Greater Los Angeles area.  This is especially true for children and the elderly.


For a recent blog post I did on child pedestrian accidents in L.A. go to: http://www.victimslawyer.com/child-pedestrian-accidents-in-los-angeles/

 

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Life-size street simulation teaches elementary students pedestrian safety

Life-size street simulation teaches elementary students pedestrian safety | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
San Francisco officials are taking pedestrian-safety efforts to a new level -- this time aimed at children -- in response to a rise in pedestrian...
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Teaching kids pedestrian safety is vital education.  Children (along with senior adults) are the two demographics at highest risk for traffic collisions between motor vehicles and persons traveling on foot.  Schools should have more of these types of programs.

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L.A. Council OKs controversial pedestrian bridge over Temple Street to "Bypass the Homeless"

L.A. Council OKs controversial pedestrian bridge over Temple Street to "Bypass the Homeless" | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it

 the The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a controversial downtown pedestrian bridge that a developer said was needed to protect his tenants from homeless people living nearby.

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Most times pedestrian bridges are designed to protect users from the dangers presented by passing motorists.  In this case, the developer of a downtown Los Angeles condominium complex has stated that he needs a bridge to "bypass the homeless" for the safety of the residents.

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A Safety Plan to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents With Swedish Logic and City Smarts

A Safety Plan to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents With Swedish Logic and City Smarts | Pedestrian Safety and Accident Prevention in California - CA Pedestrian Accident Attorney | Scoop.it
New York can learn a lot from Sweden, which has tamped down on traffic fatalities by focusing on design and technological solutions rather than by placing the onus on the driver.
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What types of urban planning and traffic safety engineering are effective in reducing pedestrian accidents causing injuries and fatalities in large urban areas?  How can cities like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles learn from countries like Sweden?  Interesting discussion in this N.Y. Times article.


For more information on pedestrian accident and injury claims in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California go to:


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Getting There Safely - Pedestrian Safety - YouTube

The Getting There Safely team focuses on pedestrian safety.
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I'm glad to see the NHTSA doing these educational video spot son Youtube to support pedestrian safety.


http://www.victimslawyer.com/los-angeles-pedestrian-accidents-intersections/


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