"Wait for the Walk" Campaign Enforces Pedestrian Safety to Help Reduce Injuries and Fatalities in Sacramento

There are too many pedestrian accidents that occur in California. The "Wait for the Walk" campaign is geared towards educating the walking public as well as drivers to be more aware and safe while sharing the roads.

Drivers have a responsibility to safely share the road, but pedestrians can also take some important steps to reduce their risk of being seriously injured in traffic accidents.

Proper pedestrian safety starts by paying attention to your surroundings at all times. This is why the Sacramento Police Department has implemented the "Wait for the Walk" campaign, which reminds pedestrians to be patient when crossing the road and to obey basic crossing laws.

Police around Sacramento have been passing out "tip cards" to remind Sacramento residents that failing to obey the rules could cost them their life. For more information about the "Wait for the Walk" Campaign, click here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following tips to help pedestrians stay safe while crossing the road:

• Cross at the designated crosswalk or intersection. Always look both ways when crossing the street and keep an eye out for turning vehicles.
• Make sure you are visible to motorists, especially while walking at night. Increase your visibility by carrying a flashlight and wearing reflective clothing.
• Always be alert. Avoid distractions while crossing the road; put any electronic device in your pocket or a bag and remove headphones.

Pedestrians that are rushing to their destination or distracted by their phones are often unable to react in a safe and timely manner to unexpected road events. When pedestrians do not cross at designated crosswalks, or do not watch for approaching vehicles when crossing the street, they put themselves at risk for life-altering injuries and even death.

Many pedestrian accidents occur when pedestrians are following all the rules of the road, but are struck by motorists that are distracted, intoxicated, or simply not paying attention to their surroundings. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center provides some shocking statistics about how serious of an issue pedestrian crashes are in the U.S., and in California in particular:

In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed in crashes with motor vehicles, with an additional 65,000 reported pedestrian injuries.
• California had the highest amount of pedestrian fatalities out of any state in the U.S.
In California alone, there were a total of 697 pedestrian fatalities in 2014.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Personal Injury Law Firm, we want to do our part to help all Californians arrive at their destinations safely. Whether you are walking, cycling, riding a motorcycle or driving a car, we all need to pay attention to our surroundings at all times. By following a few basic safety techniques, we can eliminate preventable traffic accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent or distracted driver, call Del Rio & Carichoff. When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Sacramento Pedestrian Accident attorneys absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to ensure your rights are protected.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, you will never pay an attorney's fee up front. In fact, you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. We will pursue your case with compassion and dedication and work to secure the fair compensation you deserve.


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