California Vehicle Code Section 29150 states that motor vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are walking in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at a street intersection. However, the same statute also says that pedestrians have a responsibility to cross the street in a reasonably safe manner. For example, pedestrians cannot walk or run into the path of an oncoming vehicle or delay traffic by stopping in a crosswalk.
When it comes to right of way, there are small exceptions to when pedestrians have the right of way. California laws also prohibit pedestrians from doing the following:
The laws can become somewhat murky when it comes to pedestrians stepping in traffic. California law states, “No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” This law is ambiguous and can make insurance claims challenging for both the pedestrian and driver. Insurance companies may argue that a pedestrian is at fault because they walked into traffic without warning. At the same time, a motorist may deny responsibility claiming the pedestrian stepped off the curb or ran into the street. In such cases, determining fault and liability can be extremely challenging, particularly at a time when victims need insurance to cover medical expenses and other damages. This is why pedestrian accident victims would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who can help protect their rights.
California law does not consider a “pedestrian” to be someone who is only walking. There are a number of different categories of people on the road who are considered pedestrians under California law including:
Regardless of your case’s specifics, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Los Angeles who will carefully examine your case, explain your options and fight hard to protect your rights. Call the Vaziri Law Group Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.