Pedestrian / Car Accidents in Southern California

While pedestrian versus accidents occur less frequently than auto versus auto accidents, they tend to result in much more serious injuries.  Pedestrian versus auto accidents are not uncommon, ether.  Recent statistics show that roughly 5,000 pedestrians are fatally injured and an additional 64,000 suffer non-fatal bodily injury in car accidents throughout the country every year.

Pedestrians should always exercise care when walking on or near roadways, but unfortunately not all accidents cane avoided.  Fortunately, the law is generally on the pedestrian’s side.  For example, California Vehicle Code section 21950 states: “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.” Furthermore, the law requires that drivers approaching pedestrians within any marked or unmarked cross walk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.” Put simply, drivers have an obligation to look out for pedestrians and yield to them at virtually all times.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you probably have legal recourse.  However, your rights can be impacted and even potentially waived if you do not take prompt and appropriate action to pursue your claim.  Therefore, it is in your very best interest to contact a local attorney as soon as possible.