The trend toward outdoor dining in restaurants has really taken off, especially in light of government regulations enacted due to COVID-19, which restrict restaurants from being open indoors, especially in cities like Los Angeles.
While we all appreciate the ability to eat outside, and the need for restaurants to remain open due to the economic effect that COVID-19 had on the restaurant business, these benefits due not outweigh the safety of people around.
Many restaurants in Los Angeles have created outdoor dining spaces on sidewalks, shoulder lanes, and parking spaces. These spaces, while comfortable for patrons of restaurants in Los Angeles, can be very dangerous. This is especially true since sidewalks, shoulder lanes, and parking spaces all create some division between the streets (where cars are driving extremely fast) to the the location of people dining. While COVID-19 resulted in a reduced number of drivers on the road, there is also an increase in high-impact car accidents in Los Angeles. People are now speeding more often (due to roads being clear), which in turn, could result in drivers losing control and colliding with these outdoor dining spaces.
The are several articles that we written, which criticize outdoor dining spaces. One article can be seen by clicking here, and another, by clicking here. Several other ones can be found by searching the web.
We write this article so that our friends, clients, and the public understand the risk of car accidents in Los Angeles due to outdoor dining spaces. The risk is heightened the closer the outdoor dining space is to an active lane on the road.
If you or your loved one has been involved in an accident, it is important to consult with a qualified car accident injury attorney before choosing which route to take.
Katz Law is a law firm that specializes in recovery on behalf of clients that were involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, rideshare accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Its dedication toward assisting people who are hurt in accidents to obtain compensation for their injuries is remarkable and makes it reliable.