Pedestrian safety is a serious concern in Los Angeles, where there are a lot more drivers than walkers. But a pedestrian is more than just a person walking on foot. According to the California Driver Handbook, a pedestrian can also include a person using a conveyance such as skates, skateboard (just not a bicycle). In California, pedestrian deaths make up more than 15% of all traffic fatalities. Nationally, pedestrian deaths are on the rise with over 4,000 fatalities in a recent survey.
Where do pedestrians have the right of way?
Generally speaking, Los Angeles pedestrians almost always have the right of way, even if they are not in a cross walk. Many intersections have a clearly marked pedestrian crosswalk and some do not. Some have blinking lights near the crosswalk. While crosswalks are often located at street corners, they can also be located in the middle of the block, which means drivers need to be extra aware and keep their eyes on the road in front of them. If a pedestrian jumps or walks out into oncoming traffic and not in a crosswalk, he or she may be found partially at fault for causing an auto accident, but it is always on the driver to be ready for any scenario.
5 safety tips for pedestrians
Part of being a driver is being vigilant and attentive. Losing focus can lead to serious accidents. Read these five safety tips to help drivers avoid hitting pedestrians:
1. Be on the lookout for a pedestrian, whether at a crosswalk or otherwise.
2. Stop before you get to a crosswalk.
3. Yield to pedestrians even if they are not crossing the street properly.
4. Allow older people, disabled people, and young children plenty of time to cross the street.
5. Don’t pass vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk.
This list is not exhaustive. For more information on pedestrian accidents, including how to avoid them, contact an experienced attorney.
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