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Pedestrians - watch out while walking

According to a recent national survey, the San Bernardino-Ontario and Riverside areas ranked fifth in the nation's annual pedestrian fatality rate with 2.5 per 100,000 people. In a period of almost ten years, the counties saw almost 1,000 pedestrian deaths.

One councilman in the area said that "transportation officials take into consideration numerous factors related to pedestrian safety, including crosswalk placements." The commission discourages mid-block pedestrian crossings and continues to look for ways to improve pedestrian safety.

Researchers with Transportation for America find that motorist and passenger deaths have decreased over the past ten years. They believe it is attributed to new automobile designs, more use of seat belts and child booster seats and efforts to reduce driving under the influence and distracted driving. They also believe that children and the elderly are more prone to pedestrian deaths.

While walking is healthy and good exercise, if you are out for a walk, make sure you look both ways - even while crossing in a crosswalk. If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will protect and fight for your rights.

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