In recent years, public safety officials expressed serious concern about the number of pedestrian accidents plaguing streets in California and across the country. Crash data from the Governors Safety Highway Association validates these fears: Between 2009 and 2012, fatal pedestrian accidents increased by 15 percent. This happened despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities fell 3 percent nationwide during the same time frame.
California drivers must take care when they are sharing the road with pedestrians. In many instances, a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle ends in death or catastrophic injury. This is why walkers often have the right of way legally on the road, and this is why an inattentive or negligent driver who critically injures a pedestrian may be held accountable for those injuries.