Some people live in urban areas, while others only visit for work, entertainment, shopping and dining among other activities. It doesn't matter why you spend time in a busy city but walking around is obviously unavoidable.
In the event of an unavoidable crash, should a driverless car be programmed to save as many lives possible? Or instead, should it protect its occupants rather than others? That type of "social dilemma" is being pondered by social scientists, government regulators and manufacturers as the commercial debut of autonomous cars draws closer in California and nationwide.
Musician David Crosby agreed to pay a man and his son a total of $3 million to settle a case stemming from a March 2015 accident in California. The accident occurred when Crosby hit the man, who was jogging with his son, with his Tesla after the man tried to give him room to pass. The man suffered a broken leg, arm and shoulder as well as kidney damage.
California residents may recall media reports in March 2015 concerning a pedestrian accident involving a vehicle driven by the singer and songwriter David Crosby. Crosby's Tesla sedan struck a 46-year-old man who was out jogging with his son in Santa Barbara County. While the former Crosby, Stills & Nash member faced no criminal charges as a result of the accident, a civil lawsuit was filed against the 74-year-old singer by the jogger that claimed Crosby was traveling at an excessive rate of speed and was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
On May 29, police in California announced that a woman had been taken into custody for her suspected involvement in a fatal hit-and-run crash. Police believe that the 36-year-old woman was driving a BMW in Santa Ana on April 20 when she ran a red light and struck a male pedestrian. The man died one week after the crash.
Many Californians enjoy walking from place to place rather that being behind the wheel when the weather is nice. Unlike occupants of cars, pedestrians do not have protection from the frame of a vehicle, and if they are struck by an auto they are much likelier to suffer severe injuries that can often be fatal.
Greater numbers of people walking near California roadways can impact the number of pedestrian deaths in a given year. Additionally, an increase in driving activity could contribute to greater potential for fatal accidents, including those that affect pedestrians. On a national scale, declining gasoline prices in 2015 may have played a partial role in an estimated 10 percent increase in pedestrian deaths during the year.
A fatal accident in Escondido, California, left one pedestrian dead. The pedestrian was an 18-year-old resident of Escondido, and despite attempts made to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were dispatched to the scene of the accident at 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 6.
The flashing lights of emergency personnel added to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip when a woman drove her vehicle through crowds on the sidewalk near the Paris Las Vegas hotel on Dec. 20.. The popular vacation destination for many California residents was turned into a scene of frantically running people and medics tending to the injured.
Pedestrians in California may soon be crossing at midblock crosswalks that have a new mechanism called the HAWK. This is short for the High Intensity Activated CrossWalK, and it is also known as the pedestrian hybrid beacon. It has been shown to reduce pedestrian actions by as much as 69 percent and total motor vehicle crashes by up to 29 percent.