|Laws relating to crosswalks are often an important element of personal injury cases involving pedestrian accidents. In California, Vehicle Code 21950 emphasizes that motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the road whether the pedestrian is within marked or unmarked crosswalks. That is, however, not the end of the story in some cases. |
Under this law, pedestrians must also exercise caution when crossing the road. They may not suddenly leave the curb or a place of safety and walk or run in front of an oncoming vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. Additionally, pedestrians are required to refrain from stopping or causing unnecessary traffic delays while crossing the road.
Drivers are required to “exercise due care” and “shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action necessary relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.” Drivers who violate Vehicle Code 21950 VC and injure pedestrians may be found negligent as a matter of law, and, therefore, liable in a personal injury lawsuit, as they have failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent harm to others.
| Being involved in an accident can be a traumatizing experience. When you’re involved as a pedestrian, however, the injuries you could suffer are more likely to be serious. You may require months or years of treatment to fully recover, and some people may be permanently injured for the rest of their lives. After being involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you might feel confused about your next steps. |
Many victims of these accidents may not even realize that they could be legally entitled to damages for their medical expenses, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering.
At Live Oak Injury Law Group, we know how stressful it can be to sustain a personal injury. We are committed to getting you the maximum recovery you are entitled to under the law.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney from Live Oak Injury Law Group.
Please note that the specific facts of your case should be analyzed by an attorney to determine your potential for a recovery. Please call us to discuss the details of your case.