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Wearing a costume and walking the streets in the dark can be dangerous for anyone but especially for young trick-or-treaters. On Halloween, kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car than on any other day of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Department of Transportation data indicate that 133 children were struck and killed while walking on Halloween from 1990 to 2012. Ensure your kids have a fun and safe time on the holiday with these Halloween safety tips from the CDC.

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• If trick-or-treaters are under the age of 12, an adult should supervise them.

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In their 40 years practicing personal injury law in California, the lawyers in our office have handled hundreds of cases involving pedestrians injured in accidents that were the result of the failure of city governments to properly maintain walkways. In Los Angeles, where 40 percent of the sidewalks were estimated to be damaged in the late 1990s-a proportion that’s most likely grown by now-and where citizens routinely file trip-and-fall claims against the city, officials have decided to use their $27 million budget to fix the sidewalks with the biggest risk of legal liability first, reported the Los Angeles Times.

In order to avoid liability for pedestrian accidents on property for which the city “is indisputably responsible” and to ensure access to public amenities, sidewalks on or near city properties like parks and libraries will be repaired first, though this year’s budget will not cover the cost to fix all of them.

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Considering the size and weight and speed at which trains travel, you’d think people would be more cautious around them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case: someone is hit by a train every 180 minutes in the United States, and highway-rail crossing and trespasser deaths account for 95 percent of all rail-related deaths, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The majority of these deaths are preventable. A video taken at a Caltrain station in Redwood City underscores what not to do at train crossings.

The video shows a group of people crossing the tracks against a flashing gate in the down position as a train quickly approaches. One man barely escapes being hit.

Caltrain, a commuter rail service between San Francisco and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, has recorded three deaths so far this year. Across the country, the FRA indicates there have been about 270 deaths a year at public and private grade crossings, with the number of deaths decreasing by 54 percent over the last two decades.

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At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, the stage in the auditorium of the all-boys Catholic Servite High School in Anaheim collapsed under the weight of 250 students, injuring 24 of them, reported the Orange County Register.

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The students, who attend the all-girls Catholic Rosary High School in Fullerton, were performing the school’s annual Red and Gold rally when the portion of the 50-foot-wide and 25-foot-deep wooden stage that was added in 1996 came down. Emergency responders transported the students to the hospital to receive treatment for moderate injuries. Officials with the Anaheim Fire Department are investigating whether the number of people on the stage at the time of its collapse exceeded the number allowed by the permit. On Sunday, more than 100 parents, students, and faculty at Rosary High School came together to support and prey for those who were injured.

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Santa Ana police are searching for the driver of a Cadillac who was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured a 14-year-old girl in Santa Ana on Monday, reported the Orange County Register.

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The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the intersection of 17th and Bristol streets. A red truck first struck the girl as she crossed the intersection and then a black Cadillac, the impact knocking her to the ground. When she tried to stand up, she quickly fell back down. The driver of the red truck, 32-year-old Adan Camacho, did not stop to render aid, but, with the help of witnesses, police located him several miles away, arresting him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving without a license. The female driver of the Cadillac stopped, picked up the girl’s backpack, and even appeared to talk to witnesses before getting back in her car and leaving. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident or driver, are asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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Those of us who’ve been around long enough all remember the ’80s song chanting what we knew then and, sadly, now to be true: Nobody walks in LA. In a city famous, these days infamous, for and built around car culture, projects to improve accessibility by foot or bicycle are seldom a priority-a fact most evident in the state of our sidewalks.

With roughly 4,500 miles of bad sidewalk and a poor track record of tree maintenance, it is not uncommon to find our walkways turned into hills, valleys, and uprooted slabs of concrete. Last summer, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez was photographed lying under the pavement in the city’s Beverwil section, a stunt that caught the mayor’s attention and led to much-needed repairs in that area.

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Drivers think they own the road. It’s not true, but don’t test them.

It can be galling to be a pedestrian or cyclist in a car’s world. The roads are built to accommodate them first and you a distant second. And with a massive disparity in risk, it’s all too easy to get defiant about taking your place in traffic.

But if you’ve ever taken a defensive driving course, you know that it’s much better to avoid problems before they start – to get out of the way rather than win a hopeless and meaningless contest. That’s especially true when they have a couple of thousand pounds of metal around them and you don’t.

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Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 73-year-old Jeremias Bergus Ignacio, of Los Angeles, was struck and fatally injured in a crosswalk in Glassell Park, reported the Los Angeles Times. The accident occurred on Avenue 41 at Eagle Rock Boulevard. Emergency responders transported Ignacio to an area hospital to receive treatment for severe trauma. He succumbed to his injuries there. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident.

Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,962 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 544 of those who were seriously or fatally injured. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 2nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

Under California law, when a family has lost a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their loss. For more information on the rights of the families of the victims of fatal accidents, please call 866-981-5596.

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On the morning of Thursday, November 14, a vehicle struck and killed 65-year-old Danny Plotner in Lucerne Valley, reported the Daily Press. The accident occurred on Highway 18 near Custer Avenue. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. The accident is under investigation.

The California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System indicates that traffic accidents claimed the lives of 33 pedestrians and caused injury to another 409 in San Bernardino County in 2010. Pedestrian fatalities across the state increased 3.9 percent, from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011. The number of pedestrians aged 65 or older who were killed in accidents increased slightly from 150 in 2010 to 151 in 2011.

When a motorist’s negligence causes a fatal accident, the motorist may be held liable for the victim’s family’s loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 10 p.m. on Monday, October 27, an SUV struck and killed 16-year-old pedestrian Elvia Alvarez in Palmdale, reported the Los Angeles Times. Alvarez had just said goodbye to her boyfriend when she entered the roadway near the intersection of 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard and was struck by a Ford Flex. Emergency responders transported Alvarez to an area hospital, where she was declared dead. The driver remained at the scene. Authorities do not suspect that speed or alcohol were contributing factors to the accident and are investigating.

Palmdale accounted for 2 of the 198 fatalities and 23 of the 4,786 injuries pedestrians suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Palmdale 44th out of 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.

When a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for their loss. For more information on the rights of the families of the victims of fatal accidents, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us at www.allenflatt.com.

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