Pedestrian's Responsibility towards Drivers
Pedestrians are at an increased risk on California’s roadways. Although drivers have a responsibility towards those with whom they share the road, pedestrians also have certain responsibilities to protect themselves and other road users. Understanding those responsibilities may be able to reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident and keep drivers and walkers safer.
Most of the laws governing pedestrians are geared towards drivers. Drivers are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing the road or walking along the sidewalk. However, pedestrians are required to obey traffic signals and pedestrian signs. If you need to cross the road, locate a crosswalk or an intersection that will allow you to cross more safely. Incorrect crossing can leave you with a ticket for jaywalking.
Because pedestrians account for nearly 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in California, taking responsibility for your own actions may mean the difference between life and death. However, drivers still carry the burden of responsibility, which means that pedestrians who are injured or disabled due to a pedestrian accident may still be able to bring suit against the driver. Compensation may be available for physical injuries, medical costs, pain and suffering, property damage and other costs associated with the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered a loss as a result of a pedestrian accident, our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer can help. Contact our offices today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn more about your options.
Back to Blog