Jan 6, 2019

Los Angeles Sidewalk Dangers Among the Worst

Poorly Updated Walkways and Getting Poorer?

As a personal injury lawyer, I handle trip and fall cases all the time. I am here to tell you that I am getting more and more reports of people tripping on misleveled public sidewalks in LA County. You don't imagine things. Los Angeles' sidewalks are often that bad. Outside observers consistently rate the City of Angels' system among the worst in the country. And they keep getting worse. There's not much that can be done, say the city leaders.

The municipality's taken bad grades for its management. The sidewalks are very handicapped unsafe. They are also dotted with thousands of slip, trip, and fall hazards. These include upended concrete and tree roots, and more. There's just no way around it.

How Did it Get This Way?

The LA Times had a piece on the sidewalk situation. In it, the paper delved into the myriad problems facing the city's system. The city pledged $1.4 billion over 30 years to fix the issues, but it seems too little too late. There are 10,000 miles of sidewalks across the metro area, and there's no firm register of all of them. For all the money the city collects and claims it puts into infrastructure, the results talk for themselves. In many areas, the city's means are not enough.

Even in all of its spending, high personnel cost and poor maintenance each play a role. The city also has a severe issue for disabled and elderly residents. LA was designed as a car-oriented town. And it remains so. The LA Times estimates that there are 2,500 miles of sidewalks needing repairs. The city also had to pay out $8.3 million for settlements and complaints.

For years there was no funding for sidewalks at all!

Negligence and Oversight

NBC reported that the city refused to pay out for settlements involving sidewalk injuries. Furthermore, the city is at fault. However, it won't pay for any of it. This refusal to pay includes some sidewalks the city knew were dangerous.

Among the most common causes of such sidewalk injuries are:

  • Tree roots and branches
  • Lack of handicapped access
  • Ill-repaired or designed sidewalks
  • Cracks and outer edges

Each of these is a unique issue that the city ignored over the years. Here's an opportunity for the city and residents to work together for the common good.

Since it appears the city's response is lacking, there's something else we can do. We each have a role in it. The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC is a leading public and pedestrian law firm. We work for our clients and the general public. Furthermore, if you have any questions, please contact us.

Keep reading this site for updates and more info on the LA sidewalk situation.