While a time of joy and good cheer for many, the holidays can also be a time of stress — especially for those who are injured in Woodland Hills car accidents.
The Christmas and New Years holidays can be a dangerous time in California for drivers and pedestrians. Drivers are distracted, with thoughts about shopping, meal and party planning, and family dynamics on their minds. Some are returning from holiday parties and are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many of the drivers in the Valley are visitors who are unfamiliar with the roads. The holidays also bring people out on the road who don’t regularly drive; i.e. elderly drivers who may not have the reaction time they used to, unknowingly putting others at risk.
Car and Pedestrian Accidents While Shopping
As we have discussed in the past, parking lot car accidents are all too common in the Woodland Hills area, with drivers angling for the best spots. Couple that with a distracted driver, say one who is checking text messages or otherwise not paying attention to the road, and you end up with a driver looking for a parking space who simply didn’t see children and other pedestrians walking between vehicles. Next thing you know, a pedestrian accident has occurred and an innocent accident victim is being rushed to the hospital.
Pedestrians Are at a Greater Risk During Holidays
During the holiday season, those who face the greatest risk of harm are pedestrians. More than any other time of year, rushed rivers seem to run through more stop signs and red lights, hitting people in crosswalks without slowing down or stopping. What’s more, thanks to hangovers and late nights, New Year’s Day is often the most dangerous day of the year for pedestrians.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident or auto accident in Woodland Hills that was caused by a distracted, drunk, or otherwise negligent driver, know that the law and experienced personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg are on your side. For a complimentary, no obligation consultation about your potential case, attorney contact Barry and his team of legal professionals today.