Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Car while Jaywalking

Pedestrians are required to use designated crosswalks to avoid being hit by approaching vehicles. The consequences of ignoring this rule may be seen in a fatal pedestrian accident that recently occurred in Pacoima.

According to reports, the male pedestrian may have been jaywalking when he was struck and killed by a vehicle along Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys boulevards.

The man was reportedly hit by a vehicle that was moving southbound along Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Reports said the driver stopped and was interviewed by the police.

Authorities have made no arrests following the fatal accident.

The man is just one of the many pedestrians who were unfortunately killed while trying to cross the road. In fact, statistics show that at least 100,000 pedestrian accidents happen in the country. The worst part is that over 50% of these incidents result in fatalities.

These accidents may be avoided if both pedestrians and drivers will respect each other’s presence on the roads. Pedestrians can avoid being involved in an accident by using marked crosswalks. Meanwhile, drivers can avoid hitting pedestrians if they drive cautiously and avoid any kinds of distractions while out on the roads.