PEDESTRIANS CAN GET HIT IN CROSSWALKS
If you think that pedestrian accidents only occur when pedestrians jaywalk or otherwise put themselves in harm’s way, you are mistaken. The fact is that many pedestrian injuries resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles occur when a pedestrian is exercising their right of way in traversing a crosswalk, and a motorist makes an error in judgment or is inattentive or intoxicated and fails to stop or avoid hitting that pedestrian.
In 2006 alone, there were 5,000 reported deaths from pedestrians being hit while crossing a crosswalk. In California alone, 893 pedestrians were killed on California roadways in 2018 alone. Furthermore, California’s pedestrian fatality rate in traffic accidents is a whopping 25% higher than the national average of all states, and no single state has more pedestrian fatalities from roadway accidents than California.
Crosswalk Or Not; Still Be Cautious
Whether you are jaywalking across a street and dodging traffic or have the green light at a crosswalk to cross a busy traffic-ridden street, you need to exercise the same degree of caution. You need to be aware of all cars coming and going and make sure that the drivers are aware you’re crossing. If you see a driver that appears to not see you, do not cross in front of them just because you are on a crosswalk. With all the distracted driving ongoing these days with cell phones and other distractions and even self-driving cars, you need to be attentive for your own safety and make sure it is truly safe to cross a crosswalk, rather than just relying on the green light for pedestrian traffic, or assuming cars will stop for you if you start walking across it. It is a dangerous world out there for pedestrians in California, don’t become part of the statistics cited above.
Call a Beverly Hills California Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
If you or someone you know has been injured while crossing a crosswalk as a pedestrian by a motorist, you need the expert attorneys at Jalilvand Law to represent you in your personal injury claim. We have a staff of expert attorneys ready and willing to fight for your right to compensation for your injuries suffered due to the negligent behavior of a motorist. Help us help you successfully pursue your claim for compensation for your injuries by contacting us today, either online or by phone at 310.478.5800.