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 Law, 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.