Traffic laws play an important role in determining who is at fault in a pedestrian accident. These laws define where pedestrians can cross the street and when drivers must yield to pedestrians.
California Vehicle Code explains the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians walking near roadways:
Following are common causes of pedestrian accidents in California:
When investigating fault in a pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident, the role of all involved parties must be considered, including the driver and the injured pedestrian.
If the driver failed to uphold a duty of care, such as by disobeying a traffic law, which led to an accident that caused an injury to someone else, the driver could be held liable for the crash.
In other circumstances, the pedestrian could be to blame for an accident. If the pedestrian was jaywalking, crossed against the ‘do not walk’ sign, or crossed on a green light for the vehicle; the pedestrian could be held responsible for the crash.
It is also possible that both the driver and the pedestrian are partially to blame for a pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident. For example, this might be the case if the pedestrian was jaywalking, and the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Even when both parties are at fault, the pedestrian may still be eligible to seek compensation.
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to immediately call the police, so a proper investigation and report can be filed. Seek prompt medical treatment for any injuries.
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident? Are you unsure about who can be held liable for the crash?
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