Los Angeles: The Pedestrian Death Capital
Everyone is always talking about the benefits of walking. Walk to work, instead of driving. Walk to the grocery store, instead of taking the bus. Get exercise while you run your errands. Although this sounds like good advice, Angelenos need to be wary of walking as pedestrians, even on sidewalks.
According to an article in LA Weekly, Los Angeles is the second best place in America to get killed by a car while walking. Although most pedestrian involved accidents cannot be completely avoided, Angeleno pedestrians can take certain steps to help reduce the likelihood of getting into a catastrophic or even fatal accident.
The Grim Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which recently released big-city vehicle accident statistics, pedestrian deaths comprised of 14 percent of all traffic deaths nationwide.
In Los Angeles, pedestrian deaths comprised a shocking 41 percent of all victims killed in motor vehicle accidents. The NHTSA further reports that pedestrian fatalities were highest in California at 612 deaths. Texas (478) and Florida (476) followed close behind.
7 Important Tips for Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents
When you are walking on the streets of Los Angeles, or anywhere else, it is important to take certain safety precautions to avoid getting into a serious accident. Below are 5 important tips you should consider while walking:
- If possible, always walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks available, you should walk facing traffic on the edge of the road.
- Only cross at marked crosswalks or intersections.
- Walk defensively and always be on the lookout for unexpected events, even when walking on a sidewalk.
- Make sure you are seen by motorists before crossing the street. Make eye contact, wear bright colors (especially if walking at night), and carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
- Be wary of even parked vehicles. Getting “doored” is a common cause of pedestrian accidents because occupants of vehicles often open their doors without looking for pedestrians.
- Before crossing the street, always look to the left, the right and then the left again for oncoming traffic.
- Avoid sudden moves that do not allow motorists enough time to react. In other words, do not dart out from between parked cars or jaywalk.
Getting into any type of accident can be a horrible experience. However, if you were involved in an accident while walking, the results can be catastrophic or even fatal. You need the help of an experienced attorney who specifically handles these types of accidents to help you get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
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