Personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is a leading accident attorney for the Canoga Park area because his office is close, convenient and Spanish-Speaking. It is more than apparent that pedestrians are being hit by cars at an alarming rate in Canoga Park. When those accident numbers are added to the auto v. bicycle numbers, it is clear that there is a dangerous crisis in Canoga Park.
In a recent Los Angeles Times Study identifying the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians, an alarming trend points directly at Canoga Park for both serious injuries and fatalities. Looking at the statistics, it is also obvious that Canoga Park has one of the most dangerous streets in all of Southern California for pedestrian accidents—Sherman Way!
Why Sherman Way is Dangerous
In the study period of 3 years, various intersections to Sherman Way in Canoga Park accounted for a staggering 62 serious pedestrian injuries and 2 fatalities! Although the figures involve 5 separate intersections—-they are all in an approximately 2 mile stretch of Sherman Way! People drive too fast on Sherman way and there are many intersections and cross walks. A momentary lapse in attention and a pedestrian is run over.
Small Town Feel—Big City Traffic
Sherman Way is both a beautiful example of a small town main street. For decades, Sherman Way has been home to innovative restaurants, small shops and boutiques. A very good place to walk. Recently, Sherman Way has become home to many Spanish-friendly businesses such as the Vallarta Supermarket, Lavanderia El Gringo, and Carneceria Rodriguez. There is little question that Spanish-Speaking consumers in this area enjoy walking to the market and other shops rather than driving and worrying about parking.
In addition, many workers in this area either walk or bike to work. This increases the number of pedestrians crossing streets and driveways—the ideal spots for auto v. pedestrian accidents. Further, drivers in Southern California just do not seem to be able to adjust to driving in areas with high pedestrian traffic. A recipe for serious injuries to be sure.
How to Not Get Hit by a Car
The Los Angeles Times Study provided common sense advice to avoid being hit by a car:
- Remember that you have more to lose in a crash with a car;
- Always look in all directions before crossing;
- Always cross inside the crosswalk, even if it is out of your way:
- Wait for a long break in traffic before crossing; and
- Always make eye contact with drivers before you cross.
If you are involved in an auto v. pedestrian accident seek immediate medical attention and consult with an experienced local personal injury attorney.