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Pedestrian Accidents

November 25, 1987

The Los Angeles Police Department has recorded 1,727 serious and fatal accidents involving pedestrians from the start of 1986 through Nov. 12, 1987. An accident is defined as serious if it requires hospitalization. In 913 (53%) of the accidents, the drivers were at fault, while pedestrians caused 814 (47%) of the accidents. Of the accidents caused by pedestrians, the vast majority--703--involved jaywalking.

Pedestrian violations that caused accidents Serious injury Fatal Total Jaywalking 607 96 703 Crossing against a red signal 31 5 36 Crossing against WAIT or DON'T WALK signals 9 6 15 Crossing in crosswalk when unsafe 43 8 51 Walking on right edge of roadway (with back to traffic instead of facing it) 5 4 9 Total 695 119 814

Six intersections had more than one serious or fatal accident during the 21-month period, all involving jaywalkers. The greatest number of these accidents were reported at an intersection adjoining Will Rogers State Beach.

Type of Intersection Area accident Pacific Coast Highway & Entrada Drive Pacific Palisades 4 Serious Brooklyn Avenue & Fickett Street Boyle Heights 2 Serious Colden Avenue & Baring Cross Avenue Los Angeles 2 Serious Hoover Street & 88th Street Los Angeles 2 Serious Imperial Highway & Croesus Avenue Willowbrook 2 Fatal Lincoln Boulevard & Maxella Avenue Culver City 2 Serious

Source: LAPD Traffic Coordination Section Compiled by Researcher Tracy Thomas

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