Lancaster is located in Southern California, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. A twin city with Palmdale, Lancaster is in Los Angeles County. It is one of the main cities in the Antelope Valley region.
Lancaster is the 31st largest city in California, with a population of more than 168,000. The oldest standing structure in Lancaster is The Western Hotel, which was built in 1886. Lancaster is also home to the Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor, which was established in 1990.
Lancaster is home to more than 600 acres of parkland, including picnic areas and playgrounds. It also has tournament-level sports facilities at Big 8 Softball Complex and the Lancaster National Soccer Center. The city also has a skateboard park.
The Lancaster Performing Arts Center offers community theatre productions, classical music concerts and various forms of dance. It also draws performers from across the country and even the world.
Lancaster has the first musical road in the United States. The road plays part of the William Tell Overture, also known as the theme to the television show “The Lone Ranger.” It can be found at 30th Street West and Avenue G, near Fox Airport.
CA-14 is the major highway that runs through Lancaster. Major roads in the city include W. Lancaster Blvd., W. Avenue J, 10th Street W, 15th Street W and 20th Street W. The Antelope Valley Transit Authority runs through these areas, with buses available seven days a week.
Lancaster Accident Statistics
In 2015, 1,658 people were injured or killed in auto accidents in Lancaster. Of those, 135 involved alcohol. Seventy of these accidents involved pedestrians, while 31 involved motorcycles. Bicyclists accounted for 58 of these accidents.
Speed was a factor in 151 of the accidents that led to injury or death. Between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., 110 accidents occurred. Hit and run accidents accounted for 82 injuries and deaths.
While motor vehicle injuries are decreasing in Los Angeles County, they are still a major issue. In 2010, auto accidents were the third leading cause of injuries, death, emergency room visits and hospitalization in the county. Hospitalizations and deaths were more common among males, but females were more likely to visit an emergency room. Rates of injuries and deaths were highest among those ages 20-24 and 65 and older.
What Causes Car Accidents?
Distracted driving is a common issue nowadays, especially with smartphones taking up our time. Texting, making phone calls, reading, eating, putting on makeup and even talking to passengers can cause a driver to lose focus on the road. This often leads to serious accidents.
Drunk driving has been a major cause of car accidents for decades. Even though drivers know what drinking and driving is not only unsafe but illegal, many continue to do it anyway. Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have helped decrease drunk driving somewhat, but many people still lose their lives to drunk drivers every year.
Speeding is also a common factor in car accidents. Speeding is not an activity done solely by reckless teens. Motorists of all ages drive their vehicles at excessive speeds. This causes drivers to lose control. They cannot react in time and they cause accidents resulting in serious injuries.
Bad weather can also contribute to accidents. Because the weather is often gorgeous in Lancaster and the surrounding areas, motorists often don’t know how to react when it rains or gets foggy. It’s important to slow down in these conditions, since visibility is often reduced.
Those who engage in the actions listed above are considered negligent drivers. If you or a loved one was injured or killed by a negligent driver, it’s important that you understand your legal rights. You could recover compensation for medical bills, disability, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Contact a Lancaster personal injury lawyer today to learn more.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. This neck injury occurs when the impact of a car crash causes the neck to suddenly jerk forward or to the side. This action strains or sprains the neck. Whiplash tends to resolve on its own over time.
The impact of a crash can also cause knee or leg injuries when the driver or occupant smashes into the steering wheel or dashboard. The leg or knee can suffer from cuts, bruises or broken bones.
It’s not uncommon for car crashes to also cause back injuries. A dislocated disc in your back can sometimes lead to chronic pain and mobility issues.
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If you have been in an auto accident, contact a Lancaster personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights. We specialize in crashes involving cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians. We also handle other types of personal injury cases, such as those that involve dangerous premises and negligent security.
If you have been involved in an accident, a Lancaster personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for damages. You may be dealing with medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. We can help you recover physically and financially.
Our injury lawyers focus on accident cases only, so we are experienced in this area of law. We are local to you, so you don’t have to deal with a law firm all the way across the country. You can stop by our office any time.
We work on a contingency basis, so we only get paid if you receive financial recovery for your damages. We offer free consultations, so there’s no obligation. You don’t have to pay anything out of pocket to get initial advice about your case.
If you have been involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident or other type of accident causing serious personal injury, time is of the essence. Our law firm has personal injury attorneys who can help. Contact us today to request a free consultation and learn about your legal options.