There was a sharp rise in traffic deaths involving pedestrians in Los Angeles despite a high-profile campaign by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders to eliminate fatal vehicle accidents. In 2016, 260 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions on city streets. This shocking number is an increase of almost 43% since 2015.
Unfortunately, the rise in fatal pedestrian accidents appears to be more than a one-year anomaly. So far in 2017, pedestrian related deaths are 22% higher than in the same period last year.
When Mayor Garcetti introduced his L.A.’s Visions Zero policy, he sought to decrease traffic deaths by 20% by the end of 2017. This year’s higher death rate underscores the challenges the program continues to face.
Reasons For the Rise In Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
The increase in pedestrian fatality seems to be correlated to a variety of factors. Car sales and car registrations have risen in Southern California, driven by a strong economy and lower gas prices. The Los Angeles Police Department has been issuing less traffic tickets. And there are definitely more distractions that allow drivers to take their eyes off the road. All of these could easily be contributing to the jump in fatal traffic accidents.
Regardless of why or how a pedestrian accident occurs, it is nevertheless a tragic occurrence for both the victim and their family members. This is especially the case if the accident is fatal.
What You Should Do After a Pedestrian Accident
With the rise in pedestrian related accidents, it is important for you to know what steps to take in the aftermath. Just like with any other accident, you need to immediately seek medical attention. If you are lucky enough not to need emergency medical help, you should still follow up with a doctor soon after the accident. It is also important to obtain the information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Most importantly, you need to hire the services of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to help fight for your rights.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys are experienced in handling all types of accidents, especially those involving pedestrians. We work hard to get our clients the full compensation they deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our lawyers, please call us at 888.848.5084.