Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney
The experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys at our firm have a long and successful track record of helping injured victims in L.A. and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation if you've been hurt in a pedestrian accident in the Los Angeles area. The call and consultation are free and your compensation may be waiting. Call 323-238-4683.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Dangers
A recent GOOD Magazine report listed Los Angeles as third among the most dangerous cities in the world for pedestrians. According to the report, for every 100,000 pedestrians in Los Angeles, there are 7.64 fatalities suffered in pedestrian accidents. Why is Los Angeles ranked only below Atlanta and Detroit? While there are a number of roadways in Los Angeles that can be conducive for pedestrians, dangerous drivers and hazardous roadways and intersections can make walking risky in this city.
Attorneys are seeing more pedestrian accidents in cases they've signed said John Bisnar, personal injury attorney. "There are a lot of transportation options in Los Angeles and that included many pedestrians on bicycles and walking. The more congested the city becomes with commuters, the more injuries we see to those walking and dealing with aggressive drivers."
Dangerous Drivers in Los Angeles County
Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. Examples of driver negligence that can result in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident include:
- Excessive speed: Drivers who are traveling too fast will not be able to avoid a collision with a pedestrian or stop in time for a red light.
- Driving drunk: Motorists who are under the influence of alcohol may have impaired reaction times. This means that they may struggle to react in time to avoid striking a pedestrian. Drunk driving is clearly a problem because in the year 2010, 79 fatalities and 1,989 injuries occurred as the result of drunk driving collisions in the city of Los Angeles. Many of those victims were pedestrians.
- Driving distracted. Motorists who have their hands or eyes on a phone may not even notice a pedestrian on the roadway until it is too late.
Dangerous drivers are not the only reason why walking in Los Angeles is dangerous. Los Angeles is a large city that has many areas that are poorly designed and maintained. Potentially dangerous intersections may have:
- Inadequate line of sight for speed limit postings and stop signs.
- Faded stop, yield and crosswalk signs. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that roadways and signs are properly maintained.
- Poorly coordinated traffic signals. Some intersections are confusing for pedestrians and many simply do not allow enough time for pedestrians to safely cross.
- Traffic signals in disrepair.
- Poor design. Is the intersection inherently dangerous because of where it’s located?
- Lack of crosswalks.
- Dangerous crosswalks that are hazardous due to their location or because they lack lights or visible signs to warn motorists.
California Crosswalk Laws
Under California laws, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Drivers are also required to exercise due care when it comes to pedestrians. Here are some of the laws relating to drivers and pedestrians:
- At crosswalks: Under California Vehicle Code 21950, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians legally crossing the roadway "within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection."
- Outside of crosswalks: Under California Vehicle Code 21954, pedestrians attempting to cross the road outside a crosswalk and away from an intersection "shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway." This vehicle code does not, however, excuse drivers from failing to exercise due care when it comes to avoiding striking pedestrians.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Even pedestrians who are obeying the law can be involved in an accident if a driver is behaving negligently. Here are a few tips to help you avoid being injured in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident:
- Walk sober: Walking while intoxicated can be as dangerous as driving under the influence. According to The Governors Highway Safety Council, one third of pedestrians killed nationwide have blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher.
- Wear bright clothing: When walking late at night, it is important to wear bright clothing and to carry a flashlight.
- Walk toward traffic: If there is no sidewalk, you should walk to the far left side of the road facing traffic.
- Stay attentive: It is easy to forget that drivers can pull out of driveways at any moment. Keep your phone in your pocket and your eyes on your surroundings.
- Never enter traffic from between cars: Motorists will have a difficult time seeing you if you are standing between parked vehicles or if you walk into the roadway from between parked cars.
- Never dart into traffic: This is extremely dangerous and could result in serious injuries for pedestrians.
Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents
Victims of pedestrian accidents typically have to miss work while healing. In some cases, they are never able to return to work or at least to earn what they were once capable of earning. Losses may also include hospitalization, the cost of rehabilitation services, prescription drugs, expenses relating to medical devices, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Fortunately, compensation may be available for all of these losses if the at-fault driver's negligence contributed to the crash.
Getting Fair Compensation for Your Losses
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you could seek compensation for damages from the at-fault parties such as negligent drivers or governmental agencies that allow dangerous conditions to exist on the roadway. Any personal injury claim against governmental entities must be filed within 180 days of the incident. Contact a top rated pedestrian accident lawyer to preserve your rights.
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