Pedestrian accidents can be horrible. The injuries caused when a car strikes a pedestrian can be catastrophic. Insurance companies, therefore, do whatever they can to avoid paying money on a pedestrian accident claim.
What are the rules for pedestrians in California?
Drivers owe pedestrians a duty of care. Drivers must follow the rules of the road and otherwise drive in a reasonably safe manner. Pedestrians, however, have rules too. Here are the rules for pedestrians in California:
- Pedestrians generally have the right of way in a crosswalk. See CVC § 21950(a);
- Pedestrians have full use of the sidewalk. See CVC § 21952; and
- Pedestrians should use a crosswalk between adjacent intersections controlled by a traffic light. See CVC § 21955.
What damages are recoverable for a pedestrian accident?
Recoverable damages for a pedestrian accident include past and future medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and money for pain and suffering. Depending on the facts of the pedestrian accident, punitive damages may be recoverable too.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Evan, a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Attorney.
Here’s an example of one case handled by Evan. A minor was struck by a driver when he ran across the road. The driver’s insurance company argued that the minor was at fault for running across the road. They blamed the minor for being “comparatively negligent.” The parents of the minor retained Evan who argued that the driver, not the minor, was the one at fault. Evan’s aggressive approach convinced the insurance company to conclude its driver was entirely at fault. The insurance company then paid the entire policy limits to the minor.
It is important to retain a San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer who knows the value of a pedestrian claim and who can battle the insurance company.
If you or someone you know has suffered personal injuries in a pedestrian accident, contact Evan, a La Jolla Personal Injury Lawyer. His office is in La Jolla, and he represents personal injury clients throughout San Diego County. Evan brings the responsible parties to account so his clients receive full and fair compensation.
Call (858) 324-6606 for your free consultation.