Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrians have a right to use the road but at times, due to recklessness on either the part of the driver or the part of the pedestrian, accidents happen. In the United States, Los Angeles is second in pedestrian fatalities after New Mexico according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With Los Angeles having such a large number of pedestrians, unfortunately there is a high number of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles (many of which are fatal).
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Los Angeles, CA 90013
California Laws For Pedestrians
The law provides that pedestrians have the right of way, but we need to be careful and take some responsibility for our actions. The California Vehicle Code is very clear, and a driver must observe the following laws in relation to pedestrians:
- Do Not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk, because that car might be stopped to allow a pedestrian to walk.
- Don’t stop in a crosswalk, as this puts pedestrians at risk as they have to walk around your automobile.
- Any driver of a vehicle must yield right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
- You are only allowed to drive on the sidewalk if entering or exiting a garage/alleyway, but still need to yield to pedestrians.
- A pedestrian should never jaywalk and if an auto accident takes place due to a jaywalker, then the pedestrian would be responsible.
The penalty for drivers failing to yield right of way to pedestrians is a minimum of $220 if it causes an injury of any sort, but failing to yield for a blind pedestrian is a serious situation and carries a maximum penalty of $1000. There are many laws and details to be aware, but basically drivers and pedestrians must be aware of their surroundings and traffic laws. At the end of the day your best bet is to call our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers for help. You can get more information on what a settlement might entail by using our personal injury calculator.
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident
- First of all make sure you are ok and if necessary seek medical help
- If possible take pictures of any signs, get contact details from witnesses
- Call The police and file a police report
- Get all information from the driver of car, which includes license plate, drivers license, insurance, etc.
- Be sure to take notice (and photos) of yield signs, stop signs, traffic signals, etc.
- Of course you’ll want to contact our LA accident lawyers at 213-867-1947
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Statistics
50% of all pedestrian related accidents in the United States hit and run. There are hundreds of pedestrians who are killed each year in the State of California. In 2013, 701 pedestrians were killed and more than 12,300 were injured. In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in U.S roads. The number of pedestrians killed was approximately 4,500 in 2014. 23% of all automobile accidents were pedestrians.
70% of all pedestrians who were killed on the roads were male and 70% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred mainly at night between 6 pm to 6 am. The NHTSA also revealed that 30% of all pedestrian fatalities had blood alcohol levels that were above the legal limits.
Speed was also another major cause of pedestrian fatalities. 81% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred when vehicles were travelling at a speed of more than 40 mph.
Chances are three times high that a pedestrian will die when they are knocked down by a car speeding at 40 mph as compared to one that is travelling at 25 mph.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. This is one of the leading causes of accidents that involve pedestrians.
- Disregarding traffic rules e.g. running red lights and hitting pedestrians who are on the crosswalk.
- Making right turns around crosswalks while the driver isn’t looking out for pedestrians
- Parking cars illegally and making it difficult for pedestrians to see
- Distracted driving e.g. driving while using your phone
- Running over stop signs
- Failing to yield
- Over speeding is another major cause of accidents where pedestrians are involved. When the car is moving at a high speed, the driver isn’t able to control the automobile and it leads to collision. In majority of cases where the driver is driving at high speeds, rarely is a pedestrian able to survive.
- Pedestrians using their mobile phones. This doesn’t only apply to drivers but pedestrians also who use their phones e.g. calling, texting or listening to music while on the road.
- Drunk pedestrians
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
In the event a car collides with a pedestrian, in many cases, the accident is usually catastrophic. Depending with the impact of the car, the injury can range from mild to permanent.
These are some of the injuries a pedestrian can get in a collision:
In some cases, once an accident happens, the person’s arms or legs may be severely injured and they may be forced to do an amputation because their limbs may be dead and living with them may bring more infections and complications.
- Spinal cord injuries
This is one of the most dangerous injuries and it happens to the spinal cord located at the back. In most cases it leads to complete paralysis and one may be on a wheel chair for their rest of life.
- Broken bones
A sudden collision impact where the car was moving at a high speed may end up breaking the bones of the pedestrians. Some of the bones that are commonly broken include bones found in the legs and hands and the ribs.
- Brain injuries
This is one of the most devastating injuries one can get when they are involved in an accident. It mainly occurs when there is a head injury and in most cases it leads to death.
When the impact of collision is extreme, it leads to death.
Apart from causing extreme pain and long term suffering, medical bills of the affected persons may run high. This is the reason why you need to contact an attorney who will help you get your compensation back. Drivers are mainly sued for negligence.
Dangerous Intersections in LA for Pedestrians
Due to the high number of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles, the LA times did a study by intersection, and it included every pedestrian accident and fatality in Los Angeles County. It reviewed over 800 intersections and found the most dangerous one to be Slauson and Western Avenue which saw 40 people get hit by cars – 2 of which were killed.
MLK Jr. Blvd & Crenshaw Blvd., and Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave were the next most dangerous intersections for pedestrians, with over 35 pedestrians being hit at each. Downtown LA ranked as the most dangerous area for pedestrians as a whole, with over 650 pedestrian accidents over a 12 year period.
The OTS (California Office of Traffic Safety) said there were 2.2 pedestrians hurt or killed in crashes for every 100,000 vehicle miles traveled in Los Angeles County. The only city worse than LA was New York.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers
Both drivers and pedestrians need to know their responsibilities in order for them to avoid pedestrian accidents. More precautions should be taken when pedestrians like children and the elderly are crossing the road as they are less able bodied and take longer than other pedestrians to make across the road. If you have questions call us at 213-867-1947.
It’s almost impossible to guarantee a zero pedestrian accident situation but it’s important to take precautions and evaluate whether your actions are dangerous or even remotely dangerous every time. These are some of the safety tips:
Tips for Drivers
- Avoid distractions e.g. using your phone or car applications like navigation and music. In case of an important call it’s wise to pull over from the road to pick your call.
- Take considerable amount of caution when reversing out of parking lots and driveways in shopping centers and school zones. Check your mirrors and confirm nobody is near the vehicle before proceeding to reverse.
- Always check whether your rearview and side mirror are working perfectly and they are in their right position for a clear view. It’s also important to maintain a clean windshield.
- Adhere to the road signs by stopping at stop signs, minding pedestrians on the sidewalk and make sure you signal when necessary.
Tips for pedestrians
- Pay attention when crossing the road and be on the lookout for over speeding drivers.
- Learn to use the sidewalks and in instances where they are not available it’s safer to walk facing oncoming traffic.
- Use a flashlight and or wear reflective gear when walking at night to ensure maximum visibility to any oncoming vehicle
- The golden rule is look right and left before crossing the street.
Why Contact Avrek Law Firm
Our law firm has multiple locations in California with experienced lawyers who can assist with your research on the collision and know whose fault it was. You can reach Avrek pedestrian accident lawyers in LA at 213-867-1947. We have have handled many such cases in the past and we win cases that other law firms reject.
Our attorneys will ensure that you and your loved one get fair or full compensation for any injuries that may have occurred due to negligence of the driver. We cover pedestrian accident cases throughout the State of California in Orange County, San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Riverside.