PEOPLE LIKE TO WALK, AS THEY SHOULD BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL HEALTH, BUT IS IT SAFE AT ALL? IN LOS ANGELES, IT SEEMS TO BE THE LEAST SAFE CHOICE TO GET AROUND TOWN.
Traffic accidents are a big problem for every society. Every country strives to reduce such cases to a minimum by tightening the penalties for traffic offenders who endanger other road users, especially pedestrians, by reckless driving. This problem, as it seems, is not only not being solved, but the situation is getting even worse. Such is the situation with a special type of traffic accidents, that is, pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian accidents are one of the leading traffic problems in America, which despite punitive measures is becoming more and more serious. Los Angeles stands out for the number of traffic accidents in which pedestrians are the injured party.
As much as the law in Los Angeles tries to regulate the negligence of drivers and ensure the safety of pedestrians, the number of people injured and killed on the sidewalk or in the crosswalk is increasing. People are increasingly afraid to walk down the street when they are aware of the statistics regarding pedestrian traffic accidents. So, it is not easy and harmless to be a pedestrian in Los Angeles at all, but we are on the side of pedestrians and provide them with all the necessary legal assistance in this case.
Official data on pedestrian fatalities in Los Angeles are alarming
First of all, everyone is a pedestrian. Even drivers who go everywhere by car are pedestrians at some point, at least while they are getting out of the car and heading home. Everyone should be aware that safety is a priority when driving, especially for those who indirectly participate in traffic, that is, pedestrians who carelessly walk in their zone – the sidewalk. The problem arises when drivers do not have enough awareness and conscience of their responsibility from the moment they get into the car and endanger other people with their behavior in traffic. In the worst case (which, unfortunately, is not rare), reckless driving leads to fatalities, that is, people are being killed while walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street. Los Angeles has been struggling with this problem for a long time, and to make matters worse, this problem is getting bigger and bigger.
Despite all initiatives to raise awareness among drivers about conscientious driving, pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles are increasing every year. According to data from the Los Angeles Police Department, the number of pedestrian deaths in traffic in 2021 increased by as much as 6% compared to 2020. As for the past year 2022, the same institution recorded 135 deaths until November. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the official data that pedestrian deaths in 2022 increased by 2% compared to 2021 across the country. This worrying data indicates that the situation with pedestrian accidents is becoming alarming!
The country is making efforts to improve the traffic situation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports every year on traffic accidents involving pedestrians. Data showing that the number of injured and killed people in traffic is increasing every year, despite all the prescribed safety measures, show that the problem is getting bigger. You can read the full traffic fatality report for 2022 released by the NHTSA here.
The National Safety Administration is fighting with all its resources to raise awareness among citizens about the importance of responsible driving. Every year, it publishes reports on traffic accidents in an effort to influence social awareness of this problem. In addition to the report, NHTSA publishes traffic safety articles as well as pedestrian traffic safety manuals, which you can read more about here.
The administration of Los Angeles is also doing everything in its power to stop the growth of this statistic.
According to Connie Llanos, an interim general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, which oversees pedestrian safety, they are doing everything they can to improve the traffic situation.
She states that more than 6,000 new pedestrian crossings, street signs, signals, and other treatments have been installed in Los Angeles in the past 5 years in order to create better traffic conditions and prevent traffic accidents.
Unfortunately, despite all the initiatives and efforts to influence the public discourse on this problem, Los Angeles is still facing the same problem that is getting bigger every year.
Get professional help by Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney
If you or someone close to you has had an unpleasant experience on the sidewalk, crosswalk, or in general in traffic while being a pedestrian, we are here for you to bring justice into your hands. Certainly, a priority is to reduce the danger to pedestrians to a minimum. But, unfortunately, as the above statistics indicate, that goal has still not been achieved. Pedestrians are still endangered by the unsafe driving of individuals who recklessly participate in traffic.
One of the ways to fight this problem as a community is for pedestrians who have suffered injuries, that is, who have been harmed by drivers, to speak out about it, turning to professionals for help who will do everything to ensure that justice is served. A Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer team is on the side of pedestrians, doing everything in our power to resolve the case in the best interest of the client, that is, the pedestrian who suffered physical, mental, and emotional suffering, as well as to receive the best medical treatment. With joint forces, we are fighting to create a better society and implement appropriate sanctions for the accused, and grant the injured party the treatment they need and the maximum compensation for damages following the situation.
You don’t have to face this problem alone – seek professional law help from a pedestrian accident attorney. Bojat Law Group, a Los Angeles Accident Lawyer Firm provides you with full support and legal assistance in the process of resolving a pedestrian accident case.
Contact us by clicking on this link, we are at your disposal for all questions.