Despite the fact that Southern California weather invites people outdoors year-round, the fact of the matter is that much of San Diego is not as pedestrian-friendly as it could be. Every year, pedestrians are involved in serious and even fatal accidents. Driver negligence is a major factor in pedestrian collisions; however, there are steps that the City of San Diego can take to help promote pedestrian safety where it is needed most.
An article by KPBS discusses the findings of a report that was recently issued by the San Diego City Auditor's Office. The report found major shortcomings in pedestrian-related traffic and safety features throughout the city. One of the issues recognized in the audit is that San Diego sidewalks and streets are designed to maximize the flow of traffic, not necessarily promote pedestrian safety. Another major problem identified by auditors is that the city is failing to commit funds to making safety updates and improvement in areas of the city that need them the most. Some of the most notably dangerous intersections of the city have not seen any safety improvements in years, while other intersections that have not been the site of any pedestrian accidents are being equipped with new features like countdown timers and flashing beacons.
City auditors did make several recommendations for improving pedestrian safety conditions. For one thing, they advise that the San Diego Police Department target traffic laws and enforcement by using pedestrian collision reports. The audit report also explained that the city can do more to coordinate efforts between departments in promoting pedestrian safety education and outreach.
Pedestrian safety is always an important issue in large cities like San Diego. Pedestrian accidents cause major injuries and deaths every year. That is why cities must invest in making sure that their streets are safe for everyone, not just motorists. We here at the Law Offices of William C. Bibb understand the nature and severity of many pedestrian accidents, and are committed to representing injury victims and their families.