What are the most dangerous cities for pedestrians? No surprises for Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers here. GOOD magazine has just placed the city of Los Angeles at number three on its list of the most dangerous cities for walking in the world. In fact, the only thing that is surprising at all, is that Los Angeles is not number one on the list. That honor goes to another American city, Atlanta which has the honor of being the worst city in the world for pedestrians.
According to GOOD magazine, the list considered how often pedestrians in the city were killed trying to walk across them. In North America, there are three fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians, compared to two fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians in Europe, and one for every 100,000 in Asia. The list has a total of 21 cities. Atlanta has 10.97 fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians. Detroit has 10.31 fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians and Los Angeles has 7.64 fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians.
In fact, US cities are some of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians in the world. 14 positions in the top 21 were taken by US cities. The other US cities on the list include Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, New York City, and Portland. The non-American cities in the list are ranked at the bottom. Copenhagen for instance, has 3.92 fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians, and Amsterdam has 3.36 fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians. Paris has 3.09 fatalities, London has 2.69, Hong Kong has 2.1, Tokyo has 1.7, Berlin has 1.6 and Stockholm has 1.23 fatalities for every 100,000 pedestrians.
So, why are pedestrians at such a high risk of being mowed down in American cities, especially those in Los Angeles? Part of the reason may be due to a culture that encourages walking in some European cities, like Paris. As a result, motorists are more attuned to the sight of pedestrians, and are more likely to share their roads with pedestrians. Los Angeles tends to be a dangerous city for pedestrians. Unfortunately, there is an entrenched culture here that has people believing that only automobiles have the right to use the streets. This kind of attitude often ends with accidents, injuries and fatalities to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Forget about jaywalking pedestrians. Most pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles occur because of motorist negligence. That’s a fact. Pedestrians depend heavily on motorists for their safety. These persons have no protection in the event of an accident, and when they do survive, are susceptible to head injuries, brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries that can severely impact the rest of their lives.
Always slow down when you near a crosswalk. If you see a person crossing, stop and wait until the person finishes crossing, before you move forward again.
Stop if you see a pedestrian trying to cross the street, even if it is not on a designated crosswalk.
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