Anaheim car insurance doesn’t just protect you from other cars.
The Anaheim car insurance that you are required to carry to be able to drive is mostly required by the State of California to make sure you are protected from other drivers. But, in certain parts of the state, like Anaheim, insurance can also protect you from the aftermath of hitting a pedestrian.
Pedestrians in Anaheim
There are a lot of people that walk around Anaheim because of a specific theme park. There are employees that walk to get to work, there are the regular residents that walk around this resort town, and then there are the millions of tourists that flock to this town every year.
The specific theme park that Anaheim is known for is flanked on all sides by very, busy roads, and on the other sides of these roads are most of the parking lots, hotels, and a good portion of the restaurants that these tourists use. With all of this foot traffic, the odds drastically increase because about 80% of this foot traffic has to cross these roads multiple times every day.
Per the 2010 accident statistic report from the California Highway Patrol, Anaheim has more pedestrian accidents (fatal and non-fatal) than most counties have total in other parts of California. In 2010, there were 92 pedestrian involved accidents, 6 of which ended with the pedestrian dying.
Pedestrians are not the only ones that need to be on the lookout in Anaheim, though. Bicyclists also need to pay extra attention to protect themselves from drivers. In 2010, the California Highway Patrol logged 95 car accidents that involved a bicycle; meaning that a bike rider was hit by a car every 3-4 days in Anaheim.
What’s Going on in Anaheim?
Why are there so many pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Anaheim compared to other cities around the state? Personally, I believe that there are 3 reasons for this.
First, the large numbers of people in Anaheim day in and day out just naturally increases the numbers for car accidents.
Second, Anaheim is a resort town for a theme park. This means that most of the large numbers of people in Anaheim are from out of town so they don’t know the area and the specific street laws. Add that to the increased number of children running around with frazzled parents chasing after them, and accidents will happen.
Third, speeding in Anaheim is ridiculous. The main roads are long stretches of pavement with larger than normal distances from one stoplight to the next; which makes it perfect to floor it. Couple this with the tourists that have tired feet and are cutting across these roads, as well as children running out into the road, and you have the perfect mix for an accident.
You as a driver have to do your part to prevent hitting a pedestrian or a bike rider by being responsible behind the wheel and not speeding. Good drivers do help to decrease accidents, but, even the most cautious driver sometimes can’t react fast enough to prevent hitting someone. Thankfully, as long as you keep your Anaheim car insurance policy current and have enough coverage, your insurance company will help protect you from the aftermath of hitting a pedestrian or a bike rider.
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