As any Los Angeles resident probably knows, there are many drivers in this area who make dangerous, reckless or simply bad decisions behind the wheel. They get distracted, frustrated or overly aggressive while driving and put other people in serious danger of getting hurt in an accident.
When we read about pedestrian accidents in the news, the stories often involve a distracted or reckless driver who simply neglects to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Often, these accidents occur at busy intersections in areas where visibility might be poor. Many people who are using the sidewalks or crossing the street on foot try to stay alert and safe to avoid getting hit, but some drivers do not take these same precautions.
People all across Redondo Beach like to take advantage of the nice weather and sunshine whenever they can. This means that people are outside exercising, walking to work, bicycling or just going from point A to point B without being confined to an automobile. But with the popularity of these activities can come a threat to people's safety. California is one of the top three states where pedestrians are at risk of being killed in an accident with a motor vehicle.
Walking down the street in Los Angeles should not put a person's life in danger. However, too many pedestrians are injured or killed by a vehicle in California. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent drivers who are distracted, fatigued, impaired or driving recklessly and not paying attention to other people on the road.
Last weekend, Californians set our clocks back an hour and readjusted our lives to align with the end of daylight saving time. With summer behind us now, we are falling back into winter routines, which can include new work schedules, school classes and holiday weekends. With all this going on, it can be easy to forget that it's getting darker earlier in the evenings and the sun is coming up later in the mornings.
Pedestrians in Los Angeles are probably aware that there are some areas of the city that are more dangerous than others. Areas with high levels of traffic congestion and intersections where drivers routinely fail to look out for people walking and crossing the street can be among the most dangerous spots for a pedestrian. And the victims of auto-pedestrian accidents are not the only ones who are taking note of these hazardous areas.
Safety advocates say that pedestrians and cyclists in Ventura are at the highest risk of being involved in an accident when they are on Ventura Avenue, compared with other streets in the area.
Many Los Angeles readers know that during the spring and summer months, the beach and pier in Santa Monica is a great place to spend the afternoon with family or friends. However, as the season continues, school lets out and tourists arrive, making the beach and surrounding areas crowded and difficult to navigate. While this might seem like a mere inconvenience for some, it can be a serious safety hazard for people using the bike and walking paths.