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Why are Pedestrian Accidents Still on the Rise?

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With smarter vehicles and smarter infrastructure in California, the expectation is that there should be fewer accidents on the roadway involving vehicles and pedestrians. However, Los Angeles has seen a surge in pedestrian injuries and fatalities over the last few years. Why are pedestrian accidents still increasing? There seems to be a number of factors contributing to this fact, and at the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help after you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident. To learn more, call or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Causes of Increasing Pedestrian Accidents

There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents are on the rise in the Los Angeles area. First, more people are choosing to walk during the pandemic, which leads to more opportunities for accidents involving pedestrians. Second, more people are moving to the city, which results in more vehicles on the road. Despite an increase in smart vehicles, these features cannot avoid every accident if the driver is being negligent. 

Our population is also increasing in age, with more elderly people in Los Angeles than ever before. Elderly drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident, and elderly pedestrians often cannot get out of the way fast enough to avoid an accident with a negligent driver. A lack of attention behind the wheel with drivers of all ages also contributes to many pedestrian accidents, with more distractions than ever contributing to distracted driving and pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian Accident Injuries 

Because a pedestrian lacks any protection in an accident with a vehicle, the injuries sustained are often severe. Even when moving at a lower rate of speed, the force and impact of a vehicle can cause devastating injuries for a pedestrian. Some of the most commonly reported injuries in Los Angeles pedestrian accidents include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries,
  • Skull fractures,
  • Facial trauma,
  • Spinal cord injuries,
  • Neck injuries,
  • Spine and back injuries,
  • Soft tissue damage,
  • Severe lacerations and contusions,
  • Broken bones,
  • Amputation injuries,
  • Nerve damage,
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding,
  • Paralysis,
  • Coma, and
  • Death

Compensation in Your Injury Case

Given the severity of many pedestrian accident injuries, it is critical that victims receive full compensation for their losses. An experienced personal injury attorney can ensure that a victim receives all the damages that they are entitled to, which can include compensation for the following: 

  • Present and future medical expenses,
  • Lost wages,
  • Property damage,
  • Loss of future income and earning potential,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Emotional distress,
  • Disability or disfigurement, and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

To learn more about what your case might be worth, talk to our office today.

Talk to Our Office Now

Are you interested in learning more about how the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz can assist with your pedestrian accident claim in the Los Angeles area? If so, call the office or contact us now to schedule a consultation of your case. 

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