According to the Insurance Journal, a California woman won close to $4 million in a suit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The lawsuit was a result of an accident where her foot was crushed by a passing bus. She decided to sue for negligence, saying that the driver didn't come to a complete stop before making the turn.
It all happened back in 2010 when one of the Authority's buses was making a turn and ran over her foot. Some of the skin was torn off and bones were broken. Her young daughter was also injured in the accident.
Our Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys understand that crosswalks come with some serious advantages and disadvantages. The truth of the matter is that pedestrians need to be cautious and need to be proactive travelers. We can't always rely on the responsible driving habits of passing traffic to keep us safe. There are some irresponsible travelers out there, and many of them don't keep an eye out for pedestrians. Work to stay safe while walking in the community and stay one step ahead of the traffic around you.
Advantages of a Crosswalk:
-Help pedestrians to find the best area to cross the road.
-Help to provide pedestrians with the shortest route possible across a road. This helps to avoid jaywalking and walking diagonally across the road.
-Help pedestrians to be seen by passing motorists.
-Help to enforce pedestrian crossing regulations. Officials believe the crosswalks help to raise awareness.
-Help to utilize luminaries. Lights are oftentimes found near crosswalks.
-Help to remind drivers that pedestrians are nearby and may be crossing the road.
Disadvantages of a Crosswalk:
-Give pedestrians a false sense of security. They think that all drivers are going to automatically stop for them. Unfortunately, many are distracted and will never look up to see a crossing pedestrian.
-Make pedestrians think they can walk across without looking.
-Can increase risks of serious and fatal injuries.
-Cause a pedestrian to ignore traffic controls. Pedestrians need to be alert and always obey traffic devices of all kinds.
-Cause the pedestrian to think that a driver will automatically stop for them if they cross.
The truth of the matter is that crosswalks are there to help. We all still need to make sure that we're aware of the movements of the travelers around us.
In 2010, there were about 4,250 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents throughout the state. This number serves as a near 5 percent increase from the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During the year, California saw more pedestrian fatalities than any other state. This is even more of a reason for drivers throughout the area to pay more attention. You don't want a car to come whizzing by you when you're walking through the city. Don't do it to someone else. Act like is every pedestrian was a family member. Treat them with care and respect.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.
L.A. Pedestrians Need to Keep Focus on Negligent Drivers, California Injury Lawyers, September 23, 2012
More Pedestrians Killed in Accidents in California and Elsewhere, California Injury Lawyers, August 9, 2012