Many people go out for a daily walk and never consider that they could be involved in a pedestrian accident. There are important reminders that can help pedestrians stay safe and requirements drivers must follow in California to avoid these types of incidents.
Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing in a roadway within a marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Also, drivers who are approaching a pedestrian must slow down to ensure the pedestrian’s safety.
Pedestrians should not walk or run into the path of a vehicle or act in a way that could cause an immediate hazard. They should cross roadways and intersections as safely as possible. It may also be helpful for pedestrians to wear reflective clothing if walking at night.
Pedestrian accidents can be caused drivers who are distracted, by a driver’s improper turn into a crosswalk, by drivers who are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication or because of inclement weather.
Pedestrians may suffer serious and long-lasting injuries if they are hit by a driver. These can include cuts and bruises, concussions, broken bones and fractures, internal bleeding and traumatic injuries.
It’s important that a pedestrian who is hit by a driver receives medical attention for their injures. However, the costs of medical care can be significant and the injured person may want to seek compensation for that cost.
In addition, the injured person could lose time from work while healing, which can affect their personal financial situation and their ability to provide for their family. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances of the accident and provide advice about how to file a claim.