Speed Limits Go Up, As L.A. Struggles to Reduce Traffic Deaths
Los Angeles, one of the biggest and busiest metropolitan cities in the country, has been continuously facing a rise in pedestrian and bicycle related deaths. According to the L.A. Times, pedestrian deaths rose 82%, suggesting that pedestrians are being hit by drivers at higher speeds than in the past. A pedestrian struck by a driver going 20 mph has a 90% chance of survival, but a 20% chance of survival at 40 mph, according to federal data.
Despite the increasing rate of traffic related deaths, Los Angeles City Council, in conjunction with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), are working to raise the city’s speed limits. The basic reasoning behind this hike in the speed limit county-wide is for the police to avoid losing the ability to write most speeding tickets. Advocates argue that if the speed limit is too low, the police cannot use radar guns or other electronic devices to write speeding tickets. According to the L.A. Times article, the restrictions on police using electronic devices has coincided with a 77% drop in the number of speeding tickets written annually by LAPD.
Common Pedestrian Related Accident Injuries
A pedestrian related accident can cause serious injuries. Regardless of whether the individual is on foot or on a bicycle, getting hit by a car can be catastrophic. The force of a massive size and weight of a vehicle crashing into a person can cause devastating injuries. The extent of the injuries can be exponentially greater if the vehicle is driving at a higher speed.
Common pedestrian and bicycle related accident injuries include:
- Head injuries, including a traumatic brain injury
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries to the organs
- Neck and back injuries
Unfortunately, most pedestrian related car crashes result in death. A raise in speed limits enables motorists to comfortably drive at speeds that can ultimately result in the death of an individual in a crash. This is even more alarming on residential streets where people are more likely to be on the street, whether to drag their recycling bins to the street or to walk their dogs.
Consult with a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash that was caused by the negligent or reckless act of a third party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.