Rencher Law Group, P.C.
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Rencher Law Group, P.C.
1438 Market Street
Dolan Building - 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 877-4486

Rencher Law Group, P.C., Attorneys, San Francisco, CA

Crosswalk Injury Lawyer

Crosswalk injuries fall under the legal rubric of pedestrian liability, that is, the duty of drivers to watch out for and avoid striking a pedestrian. As international travelers can attest to, pedestrians in the United States are afforded more respect from cars and trucks as they cross streets and roads. Under a policy to protect the weak from the strong, and using a long-held legal assumption that motor vehicles can be extremely dangerous, vehicle codes around the country are highly deferential to the rights of pedestrians on the roads.

California Vehicle Code sections 21949 – 21971 explain the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians and drivers at crosswalks. “Crosswalks” include marked and unmarked crosswalks, such as walking from corner to corner at any intersection. Essentially, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks.

This does not mean that pedestrians can step suddenly and unexpectedly into a crosswalk where a car is close enough to be an immediate danger. However, the driver’s liability is almost always clear where the crosswalk is at a stop sign, where the crosswalk has flashing lights, or where the pedestrian was struck on a crosswalk towards the center of the road.

Injuries Not Sustained on a Crosswalk

Regarding injuries not on a crosswalk, governed by Vehicle Code section 21954, drivers can often be liable for these too. Where the driver failed to use due caution, negligently failed to maneuver around or stop, had traces of alcohol, failed to use lights, was operating a cell phone, etc., drivers will be responsible for any injury caused.

However, when not at a crosswalk, pedestrians must yield to cars so near as to constitute an immediate hazard. So, if a pedestrian suddenly steps out into a busy highway where vehicles are moving quickly, and despite evasive maneuvering a car strikes the pedestrians, the driver will not be liable. Also, Vehicle Code 21955 requires pedestrians to use a crosswalk in urban areas.

RLG attorneys are experienced in all aspects of crosswalk injury law. If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle on a crosswalk, a personal injury attorney at RLG will fight to get you the fair compensation you deserve. We serve the entire Bay Area.

For outstanding legal representation, please contact RLG for a free consultation: (415) 877-4486

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