It was undoubtedly a bittersweet day when a 33-year-old man was sentenced for hitting a pedestrian with his car and fleeing the accident scene. But while the driver was held accountable for his reckless and deplorable actions on the day of the accident, there is no punishment or court decision that can bring back the man who was killed after getting hit by the driver.
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.
There are some car accidents that are just that: accidents. But far too often, these crashes are caused by a driver who is being reckless or negligent and is choosing to put themselves and others in danger. And it may take a catastrophic accident before these drivers learn their lesson. Unfortunately, this lesson often comes at the expense of innocent people's lives.
The injuries that victims suffer in any type of motor vehicle accident can be quite serious. Broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain trauma can be very real consequences of getting hit by a car. With prompt medical attention, it is possible for victims to recover from an accident by limiting the damage suffered. However, not all victims get this type of care immediately after a crash because the only person who can help them and call for help has fled the scene of an accident.
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.
People all over the country were devastated to learn of the recent and tragic accident that took the lives of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas. Both were known car enthusiasts and fans likely know that Walker starred in the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise. The men were attending a charity event in Los Angeles and decided to take a ride in a Porsche owned by Rodas during a break. Reports indicate that the men were both killed when the car hit a light pole and tree.
A collision between two motor vehicles can result in varying degrees of damage and injuries, depending on a driver's speed and the size and safety features of a vehicle. In general, larger cars can do more damage but may protect the driver and passengers inside more effectively. But there are some vehicles that are always at a distinct disadvantage in any type of accident.
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.
It is bad enough that there are many drivers on the road who would rather take chances and drive recklessly than to be safe. The people who speed or drive while they are drunk or distracted put the lives of the innocent people around them in danger. But to make matters even worse, many of these same negligent drivers try to escape taking any sort of responsibility for their actions.
For many years, there have been marketing and education efforts launched to raise awareness of sharing the road with motorcycles. Drivers are reminded to look out for motorcycles and give them plenty of space. However, too many drivers still have not gotten these messages and continue to make dangerous decisions behind the wheel which can jeopardize the safety of a rider.