South Bay Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Walking on the streets of Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Torrance, El Segundo, Redondo Beach and the rest of Los Angeles can be a frightening and often dangerous experience. In fact, a 2012 report published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the rate of fatal pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles is much higher than it is in most other areas of the country. Whereas pedestrian accidents account for only 1.7 percent of traffic deaths throughout the nation, the figure for L.A. is nearly three times greater at 11.4 percent. This is due in large part to the careless, reckless and otherwise negligent actions of the drivers who cause these accidents. According to the California Highway Patrol, 623 pedestrians were killed and 12,668 were injured statewide in 2010, and 47 percent of these accidents occurred in crosswalks. Denial of the pedestrian's right of way is cited as being a leading cause of accidents.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation reports that automobile drivers have a legal responsibility to yield to pedestrians and to exercise care for pedestrian safety at any crosswalk, and this includes both marked and unmarked crossings. Many drivers, however, do not uphold this responsibility. Drivers frequently drive through or turn at intersections without first checking to see if anyone is about to walk through, and they will often pass through even when the pedestrian is already in crossing. A particularly dangerous scenario occurs when one car has stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross, and then a following driver moves to pass the stopped vehicle, with the result that the second car strikes the pedestrian while accelerating.
South Bay Injury Attorneys for Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian has absolutely no protection in the event of being struck by an automobile, and such accidents often result in catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury or fatal injuries. Whether you or your child was struck by a car that was backing out of a driveway or if you want to sue for the wrongful death of a loved one, we invite you to contact us at Layfield & Wallace, APC for help. Our South Bay personal injury lawyers have won more than $70 million for clients from all walks of life, and we are committed to helping people who have been injured by the wrongful actions of others. If you take legal action now, you may not only be able to recover financial compensation, but you may even be able to make the community safer for everyone by holding the driver accountable for his or her negligence.