The Rules of the Road
Both motorists and pedestrians must abide by California law. Under the California Vehicle Code section 21950, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing a roadway within a marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk. A driver approaching a pedestrian is expected to reduce speed and take other actions necessary to safeguard the pedestrian. But, as we all know from everyday experiences, drivers are often distracted these days, often times texting of using other cell phone apps. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle needs a highly experienced attorney to recover fair compensation for their injuries, even in a case that may seem straightforward.
Hit While Jaywalking
Pedestrians often cross roadways outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk. California law prohibits jaywalking and pedestrians illegally crossing a road should yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. However, just because a pedestrian is outside a crosswalk does not relieve a driver of a duty of care. The motorist must still take action to avoid a pedestrian, even one who is jaywalking.
Hit and Run on a Pedestrian
Experienced personal injury attorneys, in conjunction with law enforcement, frequently track down hit-and-run drivers. There are many tools at our disposal, like dash cam footage and security cameras at nearby businesses. Even if the at-fault driver cannot be identified, Coast Law Group’s attorneys may be able to secure significant compensation for victims of hit and run accidents.