With more than 58,000 accidents in just over the last ten years, Los Angeles County is becoming one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians. According to the Los Angeles Times, pedestrians were involved in 1 in 10 traffic accidents in Los Angeles from 2002 through 2013 and represented more than 35% of road deaths annually.
The problem for many arises from poor city planning that can lead to unsafe roadways. Much of Los Angeles is built on a grid and designed to optimize the commute for automobiles. This preparation has done little to cut down the traffic, and even less to protect those pedestrians commuting on the street.
Hit and runs are also a big problem in Los Angeles. It is important to know what your options are if you are hit by someone who fleas the scene. Your best choice would be consulting with a seasoned Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney to assist with your case.
It is always important to remember proper roadway safety, and be mindful that you as a pedestrian, have more to lose.
California Vehicle Code requires a driver to observe the following laws about pedestrians:
Motorists must respect the right-of-way of others by not violating traffic laws, such as failing to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, speeding, making unsafe lane changes, or illegal turns. Statistically, right-of-way violations are among the highest percentage of injury collisions in California.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Although pedestrians have the right-of-way, they also must abide by the rules of the road.
What to Do if You’re Involved a Pedestrian Accident:
First, make sure that you are okay. This includes taking the time to ensure the area you’re in is free from the road and the potential for additional injury.
The moments immediately following an accident are crucial. Spend as much time to ensure that you have compiled all the essential information for your case.
If you are not feeling pain at first, keep in mind that the first few days may be “pain-free.” Adrenaline often takes over in the moments before and after the impact. This can insulate your mind from an injury that may not present until much later. It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately following the accident as it can affect both the rate of recovery and an insurance company’s willingness to compensate you for your injuries.
Pictures and witness statements all be invaluable down the line especially if you fall victim to a hit and run incident.
Pedestrian Accidents & Uninsured Motorist Coverage:
Even if the driver is not found and or does not have active auto insurance, our Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers may still be able to recover damages for your accident if you have uninsured motorist on your own auto insurance. This will not raise your insurance premium so long as you are not at fault or at most 50% liable.
If you or a loved one was a pedestrian in an accident, call our office today at 310-77-5287 to ensure that the insurance companies provide you with the proper compensation and care you need.