Walking is a common form of transportation. Pedestrians may be at risk of accidents when they attempt to cross a street, or even when they walk on the sidewalk. At State Law Firm, Apc. we understand accidents between pedestrians and automobiles happen. Whether it is because of a pedestrians belief that the "pedestrians always have the right of way" when walking, or a drivers speed and inattentiveness resulting in a pedestrian accident.
DO PEDESTRIANS HAVE A RIGHT OF WAY?
Pedestrians, have a duty of care, which debunks the saying that "pedestrians always have the right of way." California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (b) provides that:
"This section[Vehicle Code Section 21950] does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. 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. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk."
Pedestrians increase their risk of injury when they cross a street in an unmarked area. An example includes j-walking in the middle of a highway or street.
California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states that:
"(a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard."
Pedestrians who are struck by an automobile should seek a personal injury attorney to assist. At State Law Firm, Apc. we provide a FREE CONSULTATION if you are a pedestrian and have been hit by a car.
DOES A DRIVER HAVE TO YIELD TO A PEDESTRIAN?
An experienced personal injury attorney knows that car drivers have a duty to follow Vehicle Code Section 21950, which states:
"(a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection..."
Pedestrians can be at risk of being hit by a car in many different situations including:
Get a FREE CONSULTATION by a PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY at State Law Firm, Apc. Whether you believe you are at fault or not, contact us if you have any questions.
Some questions clients have are:
There are hundreds of questions that a pedestrian or victim may have when they are hit by a car. Contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced. At State Law Firm, Apc. you can speak to an experienced attorney, who will provide you a FREE CASE CONSULTATION and EVALUATION.
The California Department of Motor Vehicle indicates that "In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 22% of all traffic fatalities."
A pedestrian is not limited to a person walking across the street but also includes a person with a disability one who is in a wheelchair, or a tricycle, or quadricycle. Many vehicles today, including hybrid cars, are virtually silent when they are operated, which can put a blind pedestrian at risk, as they do not hear the vehicle.
State Law Firm, Apc. can assist a pedestrian who is hit by a negligent driver when walking across a crosswalk or intersection. Even if you believe you are partially at fault, get a SECOND OPINION, contact State Law Firm, Apc.
The DMV reports that according to the Federal Highway Administration intersection collisions account for more than 45% of reported crashes. 21% of those intersection accidents result in fatalities or death. Having an experienced Personal Injury Attorney is important if you suffer any injury as a result of being hit by a car. Call State Law Firm, Apc., whether you were walking across an intersection, at a "t" intersection, or in a parking lot.
Serious injuries can happen as a result of a pedestrian being hit by a car. These injuries are not limited to:
If you have suffered any injury as a result of a motor vehicle v. pedestrian accident, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you suffer.
Contact State Law Firm, Apc. to discuss your potential damages and compensation such as:
Why choose State Law Firm Apc.?
When you get hit by a car, you need an attorney who can get you the assistance you need, and give you a piece of mind. Many victims that are hit by a car may suffer serious injuries that require hospitalization. When they receive their bills, they are shocked to see the enormous amount they owe. How am I going to make these payments? I can't afford these hospital bills. How will I obtain additional treatment?
State Law Firm, Apc. can provide you answers to these questions and more. Contact our office to obtain a FREE CONSULTATION if you have been hit by a car. You need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to fight for you. Pedestrians and victims of auto collision accidents are not alone, We're In This Together!