Between 2014 and 2018, more than 14,000 pedestrians in California suffered serious injuries in preventable accidents. If that was not bad enough, pedestrian deaths increased by a staggering 26 percent between 2014 and 2018, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
If you or a loved one was injured in a crosswalk accident, you probably have questions and concerns about your legal rights and whether it makes sense to move forward with a pedestrian accident injury claim. The information below is intended to help shed some light on relevant rules and regulations. You should also contact a California personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
California Pedestrian & Crosswalk Laws
According to California Vehicle Code § 21950, motorists are obligated to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
However, this general rule has some notable exceptions. First, the statute expressly states that a pedestrian is not allowed to 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. In addition, the statute states that a pedestrian cannot engage in an unnecessary stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
If a collision occurs where a pedestrian is seriously injured by a motorist and the pedestrian decides to pursue financial restitution through a personal injury claim, it is possible that the motorist’s defense attorney will attempt to argue that the pedestrian was negligent. For example, they could try to argue that you (the pedestrian) suddenly walked into the street without warning.
These types of arguments are why it is imperative to retain the services of an experienced California pedestrian accident attorney for full support.
If you were seriously injured in a crosswalk accident in California, now is the time for action. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to explore your legal options and determine whether it makes sense to pursue financial restitution for your bodily injuries and losses. At Kash Legal, we are a team of highly experienced and reputable personal injury attorneys in California who are focused on providing effective and solution-oriented legal representation to injured victims throughout California.
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