While driving in Southern California tends to be a way of life, pedestrians also have significant rights that need to be observed and respected. A leisurely walk or jog can turn tragic if a car or truck strikes you
A pedestrian was struck and killed on a road near Perris the other night.
Police found a man lying in the traffic lanes, bleeding, with grocery bags surrounding him. An unconfirmed report said he was hit by a postal vehicle that didn’t remain at the scene.
To be a safe driver, you must understand the rules of the road, which includes sharing the road with pedestrians. Did you know that one in six traffic fatalities is a pedestrian?
Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, “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.”
Additionally,“Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” People crossing the road outside of a crosswalk are known as jaywalkers.
My condolences go out to the family of the victim.
Drivers and pedestrians as well are expected to use due care at all times. As a pedestrian, it isn’t enough to know that you have the right-of-way, you also have to remain aware and conscious of what is going on around you at all times. If you step off the curb in front of a speeding car, you could end up in the hospital or even dead.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights. At the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney, we provide dedicated advocacy to clients injured in a pedestrian accident. We work hard for you, so you can focus on doctor appoints to achieve maximum medical recovery.