In the 1980s, the new wave band Missing Persons sang “Nobody walks in L.A.” Indeed, Southern California has long had a reputation for its automobile-centered lifestyle, but that could be changing.
In recent years, local governments across California have promoted walking and biking as alternatives to driving, and as good ways to improve health and reduce traffic. Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists must often share the roadways with cars and trucks, and so an uptick in walking and biking typically means an uptick in pedestrian accidents.
Local agencies have been trying for years to improve traffic safety for pedestrians. Redondo Beach police implemented a plan in 2018 intended to educate the public about traffic safety. Recently, Hermosa Beach started reviewing plans to improve safety along busy Prospect Avenue by extending curbs and building other new structures.
Some parts of Los Angeles County are more dangerous than others for pedestrians, but things are not great for walkers anywhere in the area. In 2018, Redondo Beach saw 29 pedestrian accidents. Venice saw 54 that year.
Justice for the injured
Drivers are hurt in car crashes all the time, but luckily they have seatbelts, airbags and other protective features. Pedestrians and bicyclists aren’t so lucky, and the chances are high that they will be severely injured if they are struck by a car. As they cope with the long aftermath of their injury, their whole family will be affected.
If their accident was caused by a negligent driver, the injured and their families can seek compensation for their damages through a personal injury claim.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help the injured and their families understand their rights and options after an accident.