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Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Advocating for Safer Streets and Pedestrian Safety

Although you may have heard the popular saying, “No one walks in LA,” the truth is that many areas of Los Angeles County are brimming with pedestrians. Santa Monica, Atwater Village, Chinatown, Koreatown, Downtown LA, Venice Beach, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Beverly Hills all have walkable areas that offer great shopping, food, and entertainment to LA residents and tourists alike. However, cars are not absent from these places, which means that pedestrian accidents do occur.

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence by filing a legal claim. As an LA-based firm, Wisner Baum is deeply committed to improving the safety of the roads and streets of the many cities that make up this beautiful county. Our legal team regards each and every client as a close friend, fighting tooth and nail for their justice; this has resulted in us winning more than $4 billion in jury awards and settlements for injured individuals.

Hire an experienced team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys. Call Wisner Baum today at (855) 948-5098.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts it, everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day. Even if you drive to the grocery store, you are still considered a pedestrian for the time it takes to walk from your car to the entrance of the store.

According to the NHTSA’s statistics, there was a 3% increase in the United States’ pedestrian accident fatalities in 2018, the last year for which data is available. In total, this comes out to more than 6,200 pedestrian deaths for that year — the most since 1990.

At Wisner Baum, we are committed to combating this harrowing data by representing injured pedestrians and their loved ones in injury claims. In addition to fighting for their legal compensation, we also make sure to incorporate the importance of road safety in our court arguments to prevent other pedestrians from suffering the same fate.

Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections in Los Angeles for Pedestrians

Vermont Avenue and 3rd Street

Located in Koreatown, this intersection had a total of 50 pedestrian accidents from 2015 to 2019, as reported by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Situated close to schools and public transportation hubs, this intersection sees heavy foot traffic.

Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue

This intersection in Hollywood had a total of 44 pedestrian collisions from 2015 to 2019. Located near popular tourist spots, this junction is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. However, the combination of heavy foot and vehicle traffic poses a serious threat to pedestrians.

Florence Avenue and Figueroa Street

This intersection is notorious for its high number of pedestrian accidents, with a total of 40 pedestrian collisions between 2015 and 2019. Situated near bustling shopping centers and public transportation hubs, this intersection sees heavy traffic throughout the day.

San Fernando Road and Branford Street

Located near schools and homes, and serving as a major thoroughfare for commercial trucks, this intersection in Pacoima poses a significant risk to pedestrians. It saw a total of 38 collisions between 2015 and 2019, ranking it as the fourth most dangerous intersection in the city. 

Crenshaw Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard

This intersection in West Adams takes the number 5 spot. Between 2015 to 2019, there were a total of 36 pedestrian collisions. With its proximity to schools, public transportation hubs, and heavy commuter and commercial vehicle traffic, this intersection is a hotspot for accidents.

What Rights Do I Have as a Pedestrian in Los Angeles?

No matter which LA neighborhood you live in, you have certain rights as a pedestrian, including the right of way in unmarked or marked crosswalks, as well as the right to use a sidewalk without being obstructed by a vehicle. This is because, should an accident occur between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is at a much higher risk of being injured than anyone in the involved passenger car.

Please note that pedestrians are still legally required to practice caution and conduct themselves in a safe manner when on the street. For example, a pedestrian may be considered liable for an accident if they attempt to cross the street unlawfully and unsafely, such as without giving a driver enough time to stop their vehicle.

Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way?

In Los Angeles, the topic of pedestrian rights is an important one. Though many assume that pedestrians always have the right of way, the reality is a bit more complicated. 

According to the California Vehicle Code, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, as well as at intersections where there are no traffic lights or signals. However, this does not mean that pedestrians can simply step into the street without looking both ways or being aware of their surroundings. Ultimately, both drivers and pedestrians alike have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road.

Common Types of Driver Negligence

There are myriad injuries that could result from a pedestrian accident, from broken bones to brain injuries, to lost limbs, and more. There are just as many types of driver negligence that could have led to the accident; for example, our lawyers have prosecuted drivers for the following acts:

  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Speeding or other types of reckless driving
  • Violating traffic laws
  • Failing to check mirrors while switching lanes
  • Attempting an unsafe right- or left-hand turn
  • Failing to check for pedestrians in parking lots

Pedestrian Accidents Due to Unsafe Premises

If the accident did not involve a motor vehicle and instead resulted from the presence of property hazards, you could file a premises liability claim against the property owner. Per law, property owners are required to keep their premises in a condition that is safe for all lawful guests, occupants, and visitors.

Several examples of property hazards that could cause injury to a pedestrian include:

  • Unsafe overhangs
  • Uneven sidewalks and entryways
  • Lack of a wheelchair-accessible ramp
  • Poorly maintained steps leading up to the entrance

Contact our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers online or at (855) 948-5098 to arrange a free consultation.

Our Case Results

  • $10 Million Settlement A Major Foreign Plane Crash

    Wisner Baum obtained a $10 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major foreign plane crash.

  • $14 Million Settlement A Major US Plane Crash

    Wisner Baum obtained a $14 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major US plane crash.

  • $17.5 Million Settlement A Major US Plane Crash

    Wisner Baum obtained a $17.5 million settlement on behalf of a client who was killed in a major U.S. plane crash.

  • $10 Million Settlement Celexa-Lexapro Pediatric Class Action

    $10 million pediatric class action re false promotion of Celexa and Lexapro. Babies born to women who have used Lexapro and other similar medications such as Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, and Symbyax are at an increased risk for birth defects.

  • $8.5 Million Verdict Commercial Truck Accident

    Wisner Baum secured a $8.5 million wrongful death verdict against the food industry company, Tyson Foods, for the wrongful death of a young man.

  • $28 Million Settlement Defective Drug Class Action

    $28 million Paxil defective drug class action. A class action has been brought in the US territory of Puerto Rico against UK-based drug major GlaxoSmithKline.

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