Los Angeles tops the list when it comes to car accidents across the country. For years on end, the city has been recording the most traffic fatalities as compared with any other city in America. In the year 2016 alone, over 250 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in Southern California. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) reported that for children aged between 5 and 15, the leading cause of both injury and death was from car crashes. The importance of having road safety measures in the city cannot be stressed enough.
As a result, the city’s department of transportation worked with the mayor to launch the Los Angeles Vision Zero Action Plan in hopes of curbing and proactively reversing the alarming trends. The Vision Zero plan is a road safety policy that aims to promote wise choices and behaviors on the road and to envisage mistakes that could result in severe injuries or death. The plan promotes a culture of joint responsibility and accountability by everyone in Southern California, right from the policy makers to the citizens of Los Angeles.
The Vision Zero Action Plan envisions saving lives in Southern California by adopting and promoting new legislation and policies to enhance safety for all motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. The core goal is to minimize traffic fatalities by at least 20% by the end of 2017 and to completely eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025.
The plan is anchored on the following principles:
• Education of all members of the public through regular safety campaigns aimed at reinforcing discerning and careful driving, cycling and pedestrian behavior.
• Engineering and Planning of the Los Angeles streets to pro-actively curb and minimize the possibility of accidents based on human error.
• Enforcement of relevant traffic laws especially in the spots in the city that experience high rates of collisions.
• Evaluation and Monitoring of progress to ensure that set measures are being reached as expected.
Remember that road safety begins with you. By following traffic laws as well as being alert and aware while on the roads, your chances of being injured or injuring others diminishes. Together, we can make the Los Angeles roads a safer place to travel.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, a Southern California injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit or negotiate the best settlement for your case. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers at 1-800-989-6385 for your free case evaluation today.