Southern California Pedestrian Accident Law Firm Can Help You If You've Been Injured
When a car hits a pedestrian, the outcome is often catastrophic. A pedestrian has no protection from a heavy vehicle and the impact of such an accident may result in serious injuries or death. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura or other areas in Southern California, you need to be aware of your legal rights and should contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer immediately. If you or someone you love has been injured call us at 949-752-7474.
In Southern California, we have a whole lot of streets with intersections, and the intersections are almost all controlled. There are very few intersections that are not controlled. If you are crossing in an intersection, you are right away in California a pedestrian. And so most of the drivers in California are patient about that. They understand that and it’s a part of the traffic flow. Where we see a lot of pedestrian accidents is in places where a pedestrian, for instance, is standing on a corner and a truck, as an example might jump the curb, catch the pedestrian, cause serious injuries. That was certainly one of the cases that early in my career galvanized that type of accident to me.
Pedestrians sometimes have to cross at a place where it’s not convenient for the drivers to cross. And even if they are jaywalking, that is crossing in the middle of the road, the driver has an obligation to observe them and to slow down and avoid them. You are not allowed to run them down just because you are crossing illegally. And so if you are a pedestrian and you are involved in an accident, really you have all kinds of protections and rights even if you are jaywalking.