Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Injured by a Car While Walking? We Want to Help
Los Angeles has a well-earned reputation for having some of the worst traffic in the United States. The average driver spends 102 hours every year fighting congestion during rush hour, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. With so much time wasted in vehicles, it’s only be natural to find alternative means of getting around, especially in Downtown Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles pedestrians face worse dangers than the drivers stuck in traffic. Almost every day, pedestrians are injured in collisions with motor vehicles. And unlike drivers, pedestrians do not have automobile insurance to cover them if they get hit. Not only will victims be facing lengthy hospital stays and recoveries, but they will likely need to file a claim against the negligent driver in order to be properly compensated.
You should never try and take on the insurance companies alone. Fortunately, the LA personal injury attorneys at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, are ready to take on your case.
Los Angeles Pedestrians Are Always at Risk
It’s easy to ignore how dangerous Los Angeles streets are until you see the statistics. The frightening truth is that the number of pedestrians killed in Southern California has risen every year in the last decade, to the point where the rate of pedestrian fatalities has surpassed fatalities caused by other traffic accidents. In the first half of 2017 alone, California recorded 352 pedestrian fatalities, number one in the country. Los Angeles County, with 265 pedestrian deaths in 2016, was leading the way.
The bottom line is that while deaths due to crashes between cars have been on the decline, pedestrian injuries and deaths have increased.
What Are the Common Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents?
Experts have cited a number of reasons for the increase in pedestrian accidents. First of all, Los Angeles is well-known for its busy and congested intersections, where many of these accidents occur. Many Los Angeles intersections are poorly designed, with a lack of quality signage, confusing light changes, or not enough space for all pedestrians to fit safely, forcing people out into traffic lanes.
Another factor is left turns. Even in well-designed intersections, drivers often fail to look for pedestrians as they turn across lanes, or are distracted by looking for oncoming traffic. Walkers and cyclists need to be extra aware as they cross busy intersections, even when they have the right of way.
Of course, one of the biggest causes for increased pedestrian injuries and fatalities is the distraction posed by our mobile phones. More and more frequently, drivers are looking at their devices when they should be paying attention to the road. Texting, making phone calls, and looking at maps are a huge factor in all of this.
Other reckless behaviors that drivers sometimes engage in include driving while intoxicated, driving while fatigued, tailgating, or speeding, which places everyone on the road at greater risk.
It’s also worth mentioning the threat posed to pedestrians in Los Angeles parking lots and garages. Like intersections, they often are not designed with safety in mind, and lack clear lanes of traffic for people moving to and from their cars. Not only do drivers need to maintain extra care, but under premises liability law, property owners and managers have a duty of care to maintain safe parking areas.
Seek Help Immediately If You’ve Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need a team of attorneys on your side with the experience and dedication to make things right. The knowledgeable lawyers at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, will assess your case and look for the best way to protect you and your family.
Call (818) 305-6041 today to schedule a free evaluation.
- 2016 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
- Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatality Facts - IIHS
- Pedestrian Safety - NHTSA
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