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Venice Beach Accident Serves as Warning for Pedestrians

Aug 5, 2013

An incident over the weekend should serve as a reminder that the risk of injuries caused by auto accidents isn’t limited to just drivers and passengers, but pedestrians too.

According to an L.A. Times report, a dozen people were injured as they were walking on the boardwalk at Venice Beach, Calif., on Saturday evening. A car struck them where the boardwalk intersects with Dudley Avenue. Two people suffered critical injuries.

Details on how the car struck 12 people walking on the boardwalk were not provided by the L.A. Times. Many of the people injured in this incident suffered cuts and scrapes. At least the two critically injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

This incident is a reminder that the dangers of auto accidents extend beyond the roadway and paying attention is key.

We’ve been writing recently about the dangers of distracted driving. We’ve also noted a recent study on the risks associated with distracted walking. This is most often caused, at least lately, by the use of a cell phone, either behind the wheel or walking in traffic.

In New York, authorities are cracking down on those using cell phones while driving. The state has announced stiffer penalties and heightened enforcement efforts to catch drivers in the act of texting while driving.

The dangers of being a pedestrian are very real, too. Recent data from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign reveals that 1,267 pedestrians were killed by automobiles between 2008 and 2010, alone, in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region.

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