You may have heard of Vision Zero, a global initiative that started in Sweden and has spread throughout the world. The plan’s goal is to end pedestrian traffic deaths. Los Angeles County is now launching its draft Vision Zero Action Plan that lays out plans for the first five years of the effort.
Vision Zero forces state and community leaders to take a serious look at the safety concerns in and around roadways. At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, we applaud any effort to make the streets safer for our citizens. We know that pedestrian crashes are often detrimental and we are here to help when you need a Montebello pedestrian accident attorney.
How Bad Is The Problem?
When we look at the statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety, we can see so alarming numbers. For the latest full reporting year, there were:
- 867 pedestrian crash fatalities
- 14,215 pedestrian crash injuries
- 147 bicycle crash fatalities
- 11,634 bicycle crash injuries
Closer to home, we know that traffic deaths are rising in LA County, particularly in unincorporated areas. Even though pedestrians walking only accounted for 9% of all collisions, they were involved in 20% of all fatal and serious injury collisions in the county.
Almost all pedestrian crashes result in an injury or a fatality because the human body is so vulnerable. When a passenger vehicle slams into a person, regardless of speed, the chances of an injury occurring are high. It is not uncommon to see pedestrian crash victims suffering from the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or even amputations
- Internal organ damages or internal bleeding
These injuries all require immediate and extensive medical treatment that can become incredibly costly, particularly if the insurance companies do not cover all of the expenses. They will rarely take other crash-related costs into consideration, things like lost income if a victim cannot work, immeasurable pain and suffering, possible home and vehicle accommodations, and more.
Throughout the county, there were over 6,000 pedestrian crash injuries or fatalities for the latest reporting year. Los Angeles County is a busy place, but traffic safety could be better. Vision Zero is a laudable goal and will hopefully cut into pedestrian crash incidents. Nobody should ever have to lose their life to a negligent or reckless driver.
What We Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, please secure legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, we will work diligently to secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses, including:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Recovery of lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
When you need a Montebello pedestrian accident attorney, you can reach out for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 323-477-1415. Let us handle the insurance companies and other parties so you can focus on healing.