Can Longer Crossing Times Prevent Pedestrian Accidents?
The Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys at Bisnar Chase recently saw a news article stating that the city of Los Angeles has installed infrastructure at 15 downtown intersections to give pedestrians a four-second lead time over turning cars. Officials believe that this extra time will help reduce the number of pedestrian versus vehicle collisions. These types of intersections are known as “headstart” intersections.
Four Seconds Can Save Lives
Four seconds may not seem like a lot of time. But officials say that when you’re looking at a busy intersection, like many in downtown Los Angeles tend to be, that kind of lead time can save lives. Now, 16 intersections in the Civic Center and Historic Core, mostly between First, Fifth, Main and Hill streets, are headstart intersections.
What this means for pedestrians is that they have a chance to start crossing the street before drivers attempt to make right turns. Los Angeles is just starting to think in this direction. Pedestrian-focused cities such as Washington D.C. often allow 40 seconds or more for pedestrians to cross.
While this is a great step in the right direction and can actually help prevent pedestrian collisions, it is also important to recognize that the most important reason why these types of accidents occur is driver negligence. Some of the common causes for vehicle versus pedestrian collisions, particularly at busy street intersections include distracted driving, inattention, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians and failing to stop for a red light. Pedestrians also have a duty under the law to exercise due care and refrain from dangerous behavior such as jaywalking or running across the street.
Safeguarding Your Rights
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your legal rights. First and foremost, file a police report and make sure you obtain a copy of the report. Exchange pertinent information from all parties involved in a collision. Secure contact information for eyewitnesses. Get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. Contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.