Every year in Southern California and throughout the State thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, over the past few years in Los Angeles alone, hundreds of pedestrians have been killed as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle. Even though pedestrian accidents are only a small percentage of all accidents because of human vs automobile element they are far more likely to result in serious injury or death.
Pedestrian knock down accidents are usually the fault of the drivers of motor vehicles. Among the more common causes are drivers who speed, run traffic signals or fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians, particularly those within a crosswalk when making a turn. Generally, drivers must exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Failure to do so is considered negligence.
A few of the most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal while turning
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
A pedestrian must exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety. The care required must be proportionate to the danger to be avoided and reasonably anticipated consequences. Contributory negligence may be assessed against a pedestrian if they failed to exercise such care and contributed to the cause of their own injuries.
A few of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:
- Ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection
- Entering traffic and disrupt the flow
- Failing to use marked crosswalks
- Darting in front of a vehicle
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