Many people think of speed limits as just another number that controls their lives. The truth is that speed limits are there for a reason – to keep us safe. One story out of Santa Clarita showcases how serious the speed issue is and how one community is coming together to combat it. Read on to learn more and if you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The case that is changing speeding laws
The case we are discussing today involved a 14-year-old boy named Wyatt Savaike. He was crossing the street at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road when a driver sped right through a red light and hit him. Savaike lost his life. Under California law, because the driver was not drunk or under the influence of drugs, he was charged with nothing more than a misdemeanor. If the parents want to get any kind of judgment then they will have to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Intersections see a lot of accidents
There are several things that need to be addressed if we want to make our roads safer. First and foremost, it is important to think critically about intersections. In the United States, about 20% of fatal car accidents happen at intersections. In Santa Clarity Valley alone, there have been 11 pedestrian deaths in the last year. Eight of those happened within the city of Santa Clarita.
The city had taken steps to make the intersections more secure – and in fact the intersection that took this child’s life used to have a red-light camera. However, the city could no longer afford it and the program was discontinued. This is especially frustrating when you look at the states: There was a 67% decrease in accidents caused by cars running red lights when the cameras were there.
Tips to stay safe as a pedestrian
When you are a pedestrian, walk on a sidewalk or other path if available. Always be alert and stay off of electronic devices. Don’t listen to music that is loud enough that you cannot year the traffic around you. Do not assume that drivers see you but wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothes at night to help them see you. Do not walk around if you have been drinking or doing drugs and use a flashlight to get around at night.
Tips to stay safe as a driver
Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, follow the speed limit, and be prepared to stop at any crosswalk. Do not drive if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are driving at night or in inclement conditions such as rainy days, be sure to be extra diligent when looking out for pedestrians.
If you are injured as a pedestrian or driver, please reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation today.