L.A. Is America's Deadliest Place for Walking
Los Angeles' hit-and-run epidemic is well-known. And our affinity for the car is legendary.
So it should probably come as no surprise that Los Angeles County has the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the United States, according to a new analysis by the Auto Insurance Center.
The organization looked at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data for 2014 to conclude that L.A. was by far the fatality champ for those who walk.
It counted 281 deaths. The second-ranked county, Maricopa, Arizona, home of Phoenix, saw 94 deaths. Harris County, home of Houston, saw 93. San Diego, our neighbor to the south, came in fourth with 84 fatalities. And Miami had 82.
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San Bernardino came in sixth with 66, and Riverside came in 14th with 51. So three out of the six worst counties in the nation for pedestrians are in Southern California.
"The city of Los Angeles is home to some of the worst traffic in the country and a population second only to New York City – so it isn’t shocking that the county has nearly three times as many pedestrian fatalities than the next-highest location," a spokeswoman for the center said.
The worst intersection in the nation for walkers is — yes — right here in L.A. County, too: Vincent Street and Central Court in Redondo Beach, according to the analysis. To boot: It's in a school zone.
"Within just a few square blocks of the danger zone, Redondo Beach boasts a park, two schools, a library and two churches; it’s adjacent to the beach as well — talk about foot traffic," the Auto Insurance Center says in a statement.
Sixty-five percent of the Golden State's pedestrian-death victims are male, the organization says. The average age of a victim is 47.6.
Says the center:
Pedestrian deaths are almost always preventable, and it’s up to you as both a driver and walker to follow common-sense rules like not drinking and driving, always looking both ways (and removing headphones) before crossing the street, and resisting the need for speed down those long and tempting country roads.
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