Pedestrian Accidents In Southern California
Southern California is home to several large cities. Cities like Los Angeles are havens for pedestrians looking to take in the sights, enjoy shopping, or those who are just trying to be a bit more environmentally friendly. Even though the number of pedestrians continues to rise, cities across the U.S. are still battling dangerous rates of pedestrian accidents.
In 2016, pedestrian fatalities increased by 16 percent. That accounts for around 110,000 pedestrian accidents every year. These accidents result in around 60,000 injuries and at least 4,000 deaths. Those numbers are staggering. At Abogado Maximo, we understand the devastating toll that these accidents have on families and communities. Our goal is to help you understand your legal rights and find options that will get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
Far too often, pedestrians are injured as a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents that we see in our office include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (texting, etc.)
- Failing to yield or follow traffic rules
Other factors can contribute to pedestrian accidents, such as weather conditions, poor visibility, time of day, and the busy nature of certain roadways.
How Dangerous Are Pedestrian Accidents?
Similar to motorcycle riders, pedestrians have little protection from vehicles and roadway hazards. This makes pedestrians more susceptible to serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. When contact occurs between a pedestrian and a vehicle, pedestrians may be tossed, may strike other objects, or be run over by other vehicles. Pedestrian accidents commonly cause serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Neck and spine injuries
- Cuts, scrapes or “road rash”