In our last post, we discussed how negligent drivers can be held responsible for pedestrian accidents through personal injury lawsuits. However, in this post we will look at pedestrian accident liability from another angle.
Sacramento officials have worked hard to make the city pedestrian friendly; however, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians continue to occur, often because of negligent and inattentive drivers.
People might assume that pedestrians always have the right-of-way when crossing this street. Although this might be true in certain situations, miscalculations can prove to be very costly. Keeping this in mind, California readers might be wondering exactly when pedestrians have the right-of-way.
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.
Sadly, the rate of auto-pedestrian accidents seems to be on the rise all across the country. The simple truth is that many of these accidents could be easily avoided if drivers were paying closer attention to their surroundings. This appears to have been the case for a recent pedestrian accident in California that killed one woman and injured two children.
Pedestrians and drivers alike need to be cautious and aware of their surroundings, particularly on busy streets. Sadly, accidents involving pedestrians often result in serious injury or fatality. This was true for a recent pedestrian accident in California involving an elderly gentlemen and a delivery truck that resulted in the loss of a life.