Beware! Do you live in Los Angeles?
These Are The Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in The Area!
Every year, in the United States, 5,000 pedestrians die by being run over by a car or a truck, according to the NHTSA.
The streets in Los Angeles are especially dangerous for pedestrians. Every year, 78,000 people get injured in the United States when they got run over by a car or a truck, as stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). Additionally, 5,000 people died by this motive, during that period.
Leading Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Even though the causes of pedestrian could be different, the more frequent causes are:
- Disobeying traffic signs
- Distracted or asleep drivers
- Drivers that exceed the speed limit
- Streets, sidewalks and properties in bad conditions
- Parking lots with construction defects
- Debris on the sidewalks
- Drivers that don’t yield the right-of-way to pedestrians
- Not using turn lights
- Ignoring the weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Main Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
In the pedestrian accidents, the victims don’t have any safety device that prevents them from getting severely injured, therefore, there are few cases in which the victim doesn’t die.
The most common injuries in this type of accidents are:
- Head: Traumatic brain injury, fractures, bleeding, bruises, and abrasions.
- Limbs: Fractures, sprains, abrasions.
- Spine: Sprains, nerve damage, herniated disc, and fracture.
- Trauma, fractures, and lacerations.
How to Prevent Accidents, According to the Law
The California Vehicle Code states some basic principles for the drivers and pedestrians to avoid an accident:
- They have to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
- Even though there’s no marked crosswalk, the pedestrian always has the right-of-way.
- They cannot pass a car that stopped in a crosswalk, because it could be yielding the right-of-way to a pedestrian.
- They only can drive on the sidewalk if they are entering or exiting a garage or alley. In these cases, they must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
- They must never stop over a crosswalk because they put the pedestrians at risk when they have to walk around the vehicle.
- They must never be walking in the middle of the road because they would be partially or completely responsible for any car accident that happened for avoiding them.
- Before crossing, they must stop in every crosswalk.
- They must always wait for cars to pass or stop before crossing the road because cars travel fastest that they seem.
- They must only cross on the marked crosswalks and respect the traffic signs when they cross intersections.
- They must never text while walking.
- They must never walk under the influence.
They must stay on the sidewalk, but if there is no sidewalk, they should walk facing the direction of traffic.
Remember that California is a dangerous place for pedestrians, that’s why we suggest you always have eye contact with the drivers so you can be sure they know you are crossing the street.
However, if you are involved in an accident in which the driver or another pedestrian was at fault, contact us so we can provide you with the legal advice you need. At Farahi Law Firm we are specialists in personal injuries, so we will guide and support you throughout the process.