What are pedestrians’ rights when it comes to traffic laws?
If you have ever been a pedestrian, which most of us have, you have experienced some close calls at some point in your life. As pedestrians on the street, we are very vulnerable because we are not walking around with padding and helmets on our heads all the time. It can be scary to think about how cars and other vehicles are powerful machines that can cause fatal accidents to pedestrians. It’s important to assert your rights as a pedestrian because your life is valuable. The pedestrian accident lawyers at Eldessouky Law want to make sure you are exercising your rights to the full extent. If you have questions about a pedestrian accident case or need help being represented, feel free to call our office at 714-409-8991.
California Vehicle Code 21950 governs that vehicles must yield to any pedestrian who is crossing in a marked crossway or an intersection marked or not. Anytime you are crossing at an intersection or in a marked crossway, you have the right-of-way. This may seem simple, but things get complicated, because the law further states that a pedestrian cannot leave a curb suddenly that will cause an immediate hazard for a vehicle. What an immediate hazard is can be subjective. Also, the law later goes on to to state that it is illegal for a pedestrian to walk out in an unmarked street. At any place that is not a marked crosswalk or intersection, the pedestrian must yield to the right-of-way of the car. As you can see, the laws for pedestrians begins to get complicated and it would be wise to get help from one of our skilled Lakewood lawyers who has experience in pedestrian accident cases.
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Drivers posses a duty of care to pedestrians. If they do not exercise that duty of care they are considered negligent. Some common causes of negligence are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield to the right-of-way
- Disobeying traffic signs
- Failure to signal while turning
- Disregarding whether conditions
- Driving under the influence
If you have been in an accident due to a driver’s negligence, then you will want to speak with one of our Lakewood attorneys to see if you have a case.
What happens if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle and injured but the vehicle does not stop?
If you have the unfortunate experience of a hit and run, you will want to refer to y our insurance plan. While it’s illegal for a driver to leave the scene, we know it still happens. Without the information of the driver, things can be complicated and no case is the same. It’s best you consult with one Eldessouky Law’s pedestrian accident lawyers to see what your rights are and what you are entitled to. A hit and run doesn’t have to be the end, our lawyers will work to find ways to get your compensation even when there is no defendant that can be identified.
What type of compensation is available to victims of pedestrian accidents?
In a pedestrian accident lawsuit, it will be important to prove that negligence by showing that …
- The defendant owed a legal duty of care to the plaintiff
- The defendant breached that duty
- This cause an accident
- The plaintiff was injured as a result
To ensure that you receive the maximum benefits from your lawsuit, you should reach out to a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer in Lakewood. We will not give up on your case and will work to bring you the utmost restitution for your injuries.
Our lawyers in Lakewood will be able to build up your case to make it as convincing as strong as possible so that you can gain maximum compensation. Most of the time, in a successful lawsuit you will be able to recover compensatory damages, which can include medical bills, counseling and therapy, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There’s also a chance you could recover punitive damages. This is rare, but if you are able to prove the driver acted with extreme conduct, such as a driver intentionally hitting someone. California’s comparative fault law also allows for pedestrians who may have some fault at hand, to still receive a portion of compensation for their losses. No matter what, our lawyers will work their hardest to gain you as much compensation as they can.
How can Eldessouky Law help you?
At Eldessouky Law, our dedicated attorneys will fight for your rights as a pedestrian on the street. We understand the major impact of a pedestrian accident, and we want to make sure justice is served. Our pedestrian accidents attorneys in Lakewood treat each case with personalized care. Get free legal advice by scheduling a free consultation with one of our lawyers. Unlike other firms, we will take on your case free of any upfront costs. We want the focus to be on you and your situation, not the worry of payments. If we do not win your case, you will not have to pay us anything. That is our promise!
Our team of Lakewoo lawyers for pedestrian accident cases can assist you.