California is known as a state that loves its cars, but its beautiful cities and expansive coasts are also highly inviting to pedestrians. Excellent weather year-round and seemingly infinite urban sprawl, there is a lot to explore. Sadly, according to Insurify, California is rated the 5th most dangerous state for pedestrians. According to AAA, about 20% of pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs.
If you or a loved one are injured while walking around our beautiful city, call the Vaziri Law Group for representation. We will help you to secure justice, along with proper compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Right of Way in California:
Many people falsely assume that pedestrians always have the right of way. This is not true, and if a pedestrian is injured while failing to follow the rules of the road, they may not be entitled to compensatory damages. To protect the safety of pedestrians, drivers must follow the following rules:
Drivers must always yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Similarly, they must yield to pedestrians crossing at an intersection even if there is no marked crosswalk.
Drivers may not pull around another car that is stopped at a crosswalk.
Drivers may only drive on the sidewalk if they are entering or exiting a garage, driveway, or alleyway. When they do cross the sidewalk, they must yield to any pedestrians in the area.
Drivers may not stop in a crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to navigate around the vehicle.
If a pedestrian is jaywalking (crossing the street illegally), and a pedestrian accident occurs, the pedestrian may be held liable. Similarly, if a driver gets into a collision with another vehicle while avoiding a jaywalking pedestrian, the pedestrian can be held responsible for the damages.
Seeking Compensation as An Injured Pedestrian:
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident while following the rules of the road (i.e., not jaywalking), you are entitled to financial damages to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may even seek coverage if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident. That will include filing a claim with your own insurance.
To ensure that you are receiving the maximum amount of damages you are entitled to, make sure to work with a personal injury attorney from the Vaziri Law Group. We can help make sure that a pedestrian accident is not financially devastating for you, and we can get you back on your feet in no time.