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Orange County gets more sunny days (278 days) and less rainfall (14 inches/year) on average than most of the country. This means we have great weather for pedestrians to enjoy the outdoors. A “pedestrian” is defined as someone who is on foot, whether that be walking, jogging, running, hiking, or some other means; people on personal conveyances, like bicycles or scooters, are not considered pedestrians.

Unfortunately, more pedestrians also means more opportunities for pedestrians to get hurt. In 2017 alone, there were 994 pedestrians in Orange County who were either killed or injured in a traffic crash.

If you have recently been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an Orange County pedestrian accident attorney at the Crockett Law Group to learn about how we can help you maximize your settlement. Call (800) 900-9393 for a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Orange County.

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What Are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

It depends on who you ask—pedestrians or drivers. Each will give very different reasons for why pedestrian accidents occur. But, these are the 10 most common causes of pedestrian accidents we see here in Orange County:


47% of pedestrian fatalities in 2017 involved alcohol consumed by the pedestrian or the driver according to the NHTSA. Alcohol decreases reaction time but increases the likelihood of making poor choices. We’ve all heard a lot of “don’t drink and drive,” and not enough of “don’t drink and walk.”

Cars Backing Up

“Backing” and “back-over” accidents are especially dangerous for pedestrians. These accidents are always caused by human error in some way. In most cases, a driver forgets to check their blind spot and the pedestrian wrongfully assumes the driver sees them.

Cars Going Too Fast

Speeding is a form of recklessness and can be especially dangerous for pedestrians. A car traveling at an unsafe speed won’t have sufficient time to maneuver to avoid hitting a pedestrian. And pedestrians up against a speeding car are like sitting ducks; they can’t get out of the way in time on foot.

Cars Not Stopping

A “California roll” or “rolling stop” is where a driver slows down and rolls through a stop sign as opposed to coming to a complete stop like they’re supposed to. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the ultimate goal of stop signs is to provide a safe intersection for pedestrians.

Rolling through one certainly cuts against that, which is why it’s illegal to do so under California Vehicle Code Section 22450. In stop sign observance studies, the DOT found that approximately 50 percent of drivers only come to a rolling stop and 25 percent simply don’t stop at all. The sad reality is that pedestrians have a false sense of security because they assume that all drivers will come to a complete stop when statistics show that’s simply not the case.

Cars Turning Left

Even pedestrians who are legally walking within a marked crosswalk can be in danger. According to a study produced by the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 1 in 5 accidents at signalized intersections involve a pedestrian who is hit by a left-turning vehicle.

In fact, a pedestrian at a signalized intersection is about 4 times as likely to be hit by a left-turning vehicle than by a right-turning vehicle. In left-turning pedestrian accidents, the driver and pedestrian don’t visually detect each other because the driver turning left is focused on navigating the turn and the pedestrian is looking straight ahead.

Distracted Drivers

Talking on the phone, texting, and eating are examples of activities that divert your attention away from the road and thus can cause you to hit a pedestrian. Of course, distractions cut both ways. Sometimes pedestrians are so distracted by their cell phone or music they listen to that they fail to see and react to a car coming towards them.


Jaywalking is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 21955 and refers to crossing the street mid-block between two intersections controlled by traffic lights. However, crossing the street mid-block between two intersections controlled by stop signs is technically legal after yielding to traffic. Jaywalking is particularly dangerous because drivers aren’t expecting there to be pedestrians in the middle of the road. This explains why 73 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur on the open road, whereas only 18 percent occur at an intersection according to the NHTSA.

Lack of Sidewalks

Pedestrians are forced to walk on the shoulder of the road when there are no sidewalks, and this increases their risk of being struck by a car. Sidewalks serve to provide a space of safety for pedestrians by separating them from traffic. Being stripped of that leaves pedestrians vulnerable and unprotected. In some cases, the city could be held liable for failing to provide a safe route for pedestrians to travel.

Reduced Visibility

The NHTSA found that 75 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur in the dark. Wearing dark-colored clothes in an already poorly lit intersection won’t help matters. That’s why we recommend that pedestrians wear bright, reflective clothing and walk with a flashlight in the dark. You might be wondering whether a public entity, such as the State of California or a local city, has a duty to provide street lights. The answer is generally no, unless the public entity has notice of a dangerous condition established through prior accidents. (Mixon v. State of California)

Unmarked Crosswalks

A crosswalk exists wherever two streets intersect. If the crosswalk is painted on the road, it’s called a “marked crosswalk.” If there is no paint on the road, it’s called an “unmarked crosswalk.” California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21950 says that pedestrians have the right-of-way to cross the street at an unmarked crosswalk. A lot of drivers don’t realize this and wrongfully assume the pedestrian has a duty to yield to them, and so an accident occurs.

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What Happens If You Get Hit at a Crosswalk?

Crosswalks are designated safe spaces for pedestrians to cross the street. If you get hit in a crosswalk as a pedestrian, you should pursue a claim against the driver that injured you. Chances are the driver who hit you is at fault.

Drivers Have to Yield to Pedestrians in a Crosswalk

California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21950 requires drivers to use due care and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street in a crosswalk. A driver using “due care” would slow down and take any other evasive action that is necessary to ensure the safety of pedestrians. In fact, drivers are required to use due care for the safety of pedestrians even when the pedestrians fail to use due care for their own safety, such as when they run out in the middle of the road.

Pedestrians Should Use “Due Care” at Crosswalks

CVC 21950 refers to pedestrians who are already crossing the street, but what if a pedestrian hasn’t started crossing yet? In that case, California Vehicle Code Section 21456 says that pedestrians cannot walk into a crosswalk if it’s being controlled by a steady “DON’T WALK” sign. If they do, the pedestrian could be found at fault. Or at least partially at fault. Remember, CVC 21950 says that drivers still have to use due care for the safety of pedestrians even when pedestrians disregard their own safety.

With that being said, pedestrians are expected to use due care for their own safety at a crosswalk. “Due care” refers to a pedestrian acting as a reasonable person would to protect themselves from harm. In other words, a pedestrian using reasonable care wouldn’t suddenly walk, or run, in front of a car that is close enough to hit them, or stop in the middle of a crosswalk and impede traffic.

Pedestrians Can Sue Even If They’re Partially at Fault

California is a comparative fault state, which means a pedestrian who is mostly to blame for an accident can still pursue a claim against the driver who hit them.

It’s common sense that vehicles pose a greater threat to pedestrians than pedestrians pose to vehicles. That’s why California law puts a greater responsibility on drivers to be extra cautious towards pedestrians.

For example, a driver owes a duty of due care towards a pedestrian even if they run into the path of their vehicle when it’s unsafe to do so. Of course, the pedestrian in this scenario is mostly to blame for the accident. But, the driver still shares some responsibility in the eyes of the law. The pedestrian can, and should, pursue the driver who hit them.

What Should You Do If You’re Hit by a Car as a Pedestrian?

The idea of being hit by a car as a pedestrian is scary, but you need to know what to do in case it ever happens to you. This is especially true today more than ever before because fatal pedestrian accidents are continuing to increase as a result of drivers being distracted by their cell phones. In fact, pedestrian fatalities in 2019 reached its highest number in more than 30 years according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

These are 8 steps you should take if you’re a pedestrian who has been hit by a car in Orange County, CA:

Move to Safety

Move out of the road and to a place of safety if you’re able to do so without causing further injury to yourself. Hopefully, there are people around who can assist you.

Call the Authorities

Call the police and wait for an officer to come to the scene. Request the responding officer to file a formal traffic collision report; this will be crucial later on because it contains the key information about the driver, witnesses, and their statements. Do not, however, take responsibility for the accident.

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Get Contact and Insurance Information From the Driver

Collect information about the driver who hit you. You’ll definitely need the driver’s full name, but sometimes names are too common to identify somebody later on. That’s why we suggest copying all of the information contained on their California Driver’s License if you’re able, including their address, date of birth, and driver’s license number. You’ll also want to write down the driver’s license plate number; the make, model, and color of their vehicle; and the name of their insurance company name and policy number.

Take Photo Evidence of the Accident

Take pictures of the scene as well as the car that hit you. Doing this will help recreate the story of what happened. Pictures of the scene of the accident can be relevant to show the placement of the vehicle and where you landed, debris on the road, skid marks, and even weather and lighting conditions. Pictures of the driver’s vehicle can be relevant to show where you were hit, the extent of damage it caused, any broken glass, pieces of clothing, and even blood.

Get Witness Contact Information

Try to find a witness who saw or heard the accident. If you’re lucky enough to locate one, write down their name, number, and address so you can contact them at a later date to get their statement. A witness who supports your version of what happened can turn a bad case into a great case.

Seek Medical Attention

If emergency medical services come to the scene of the accident, don’t refuse treatment or transfer to a medical facility. A pedestrian whose been struck by a car and sustains no injuries whatsoever is unheard of. Get checked out just to give yourself peace of mind if nothing else. But, we also suggest getting checked out because the medical report is going to be critical evidence in your personal injury claim.

Do Not Accept an Insurance Settlement

Report the accident to your auto insurance company, but do not speak with the driver’s insurance company. You have no obligation to speak with them. If you do find yourself speaking with an insurance adjuster from the driver’s insurance carrier, do not consent to give a recorded statement, do not sign any medical authorizations, and do not take responsibility for the accident.

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Attorney

Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer to make sure your rights are protected. You can obtain a free consultation with no obligation to use their services.

What Injuries Are Commonly Caused in Pedestrian Car Accidents?

Pedestrians are relatively unprotected as compared to other road users. Pedestrians don’t wear helmets like bicyclists or safety gear like motorcyclists. Pedestrians also aren’t surrounded by 3,000-lbs of steel and aluminum like motorists are. As a result, pedestrians can sustain just about every type of injury imaginable when they’re struck by a car.

These are the 10 most common injuries sustained by pedestrians in collisions with cars according to a study by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine:

  • Leg: 20% — The most common leg injury is a fibula fracture.
  • Shoulder or arm: 16%
  • Brain: 15% — The most common brain injury is a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Knee: 14% — The most common knee injury is a fractured tibial plateau followed by a sprain.
  • Pelvis: 9% — The most common type of pelvic injury is a closed fracture.
  • Ankle: 9%
  • Elbow or forearm: 8%
  • Rib cage: 6%
  • Scalp/face/eyes: 5%
  • Cranium: 5%

It’s important to note that 73 percent of pedestrians who sustain one of these injuries also sustain a fracture. And some don’t survive at all. In 2017, California had 858 pedestrian fatalities, making it the highest in the country according to the NHTSA.

Does Auto Insurance Cover You as a Pedestrian?

Your car insurance may cover you as a pedestrian if you were injured after being hit by a car, so long as there was physical contact. You might need to use your own auto insurance in one of three situations: (1) the driver did a hit-and-run; (2) the driver is uninsured; or (3) the driver didn’t carry a large enough insurance policy.

If you can’t locate the driver who hit you because they fled the scene, your only chance for recovery is through your own insurance carrier. However, you need to have purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage in the first place. If you didn’t, you’ll have no way of collecting reimbursement for your injuries.

If you can locate the driver who hit you but they’re uninsured, then you should open a claim with your own insurance company if you purchased UM coverage. If you didn’t, your only source for recovery is filing suit against the driver who hit you. However, most people who drive without car insurance don’t have assets to pursue so it could be a waste of your time.

If you can locate the driver who hit you and their insured, you’ll first want to pursue their bodily injury liability policy. However, you’ll be capped at whatever amount their policy is for. In California, the minimum amount of bodily injury liability coverage a driver is required to purchase is $15,000 per person. If you didn’t purchase UM coverage, then the most you can obtain is the policy limit that the driver purchased. If you did purchase UM coverage, then you might be able to obtain the limits of the driver’s policy plus the difference between your UM policy and the driver’s policy.

For example, let’s say you obtained $15,000 from the at-fault driver and you purchased a $30,000 UM policy. This means you could potentially recover $30,000 in total ($15,000 from the driver’s policy, and another $15,000 through your policy). However, let’s say you obtained $15,000 from the at-fault driver and you only purchased a $15,000 UM policy. This means the most you can recover is $15,000 because the difference between your UM policy and the driver’s policy is zero.

How Much Compensation Can You Receive If You Get Hit by a Car?

If you’ve been injured after getting hit by a car in Orange County, you can sue the driver who hit you. The value of your claim as a pedestrian will largely depend on which body parts were injured, how many body parts were injured, whether there were any fractures, whether surgery was required, the duration of your treatment, and the cost of your medical bills. But that’s the value of your claim. How much you can actually collect will usually depend on how much insurance the at-fault driver purchased.

When you’re pursuing the driver who struck you with their car, you have a right to ask for reimbursement for all of these damages:

  • Medical costs
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Future loss of earnings
  • Out-of-pocket expenses (e.g., transportation, prescriptions)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Future pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages in rare situations

Contact an Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorney

As Orange County pedestrian accident attorneys, we regularly represent the interests of victims who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. The Crockett Law Group is committed to handling your injury claim from start to finish and will fight to make sure that you receive the money you deserve. If you’ve been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, contact the Crockett Law Group to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys in Orange County at (800) 900-9393.


What happens when the pedestrian is at fault? ›

What Happens if the Pedestrian is At Fault? If the pedestrian bears all of the blame for the accident, the pedestrian will probably not be able to recover compensation for injuries. In fact, the driver may be able to sue the pedestrian for compensation for any harm caused to the car or for any of the driver's injuries.

How much money can you get from getting hit by a car as a pedestrian in Canada? ›

After assessing the medical reports and hearing the lawyers from both sides, the court will decide on an accident settlement. The amount is negotiable if the at-fault party wants to settle the case outside the court. However, in both cases, the settlement money ranges from $6000 to $3,70,000.

How much money can you get from getting hit by a car as a pedestrian in Ontario? ›

$3,500 for minor injuries. $65,000 for non-catastrophic injuries. $1,000,000 for catastrophic injuries.

What are the odds of getting injured in a car accident? ›

Over two million people are hurt in traffic accidents every year. As noted above, Esurance says your odds of getting involved in a car accident are one crash out of 366 for every 1,000 miles distance driven. Some car crashes cause minimal damage with a slight chance of dying.

Whose fault is it if a self driving car hits a pedestrian? ›

If you've been hit by a self-driving car, you might be wondering who is responsible. In most cases, the party at fault will be the person or company who was operating the vehicle. However, there are some exceptions. If the pedestrian was crossing the street illegally, for example, they may be partially to blame.

Can pedestrians be legally at fault for causing a crash if they irresponsibly? ›

When pedestrians act irresponsibly, such as failing to follow traffic laws, they can be found at fault for an accident. Some of the most common examples of these instances include: Distracted walking: Most people know that distracted driving is against the law.

What are the odds of hitting a pedestrian? ›

However, even those driving slowly — think 25 to 30 mph — still have about a 1 in 3 chance of severely injuring pedestrians in an accident. This risk underscores the importance of safe driving in the places we might take it most for granted, like school zones, neighborhoods and parking lots.

What are the penalties for the motorist if a pedestrian is seriously injured? ›

If a pedestrian suffers serious bodily injury as a result of a motorist's violation of the laws, the motorist is subject to a $100-$500 fine, up to 25 days in jail/and or a driving privilege suspension of up to 6 months. ***Motorists should always stop 30 feet before a crosswalk.

What happens if you hit a pedestrian in Florida? ›

Florida Law on Hitting a Pedestrian

The Florida car accident laws on hitting a pedestrian state that if the driver is at fault, then he or she will be liable for the damages to the pedestrian. Fault is determined by the general negligence standard.

What to do after getting hit by a car? ›

STOP Immediately and move only if it is safe to do so. Call 911 if there are injuries. Call the police. In some areas, police authorities may respond to every accident scene.

What is non catastrophic injury? ›

What Is a Non-Catastrophic Injury? A non-catastrophic injury can be severe but will heal relatively quickly with few long-term effects. Cuts, bruises, some broken bones, and other minor injuries are generally considered non-catastrophic.

What happens if you get hit by a car? ›

Some of the most common injuries include broken bones, burns, head and neck trauma, brain injuries, and back and spinal cord trauma. The severity of injuries sustained on bodies in a car crash will depend on varying factors, such as speed, seatbelt use, and type of collision.

Who gets hurt the most in a car accident? ›

It's no secret that women are more likely to be injured and killed in car accidents than men. Data shows a significantly higher fatality rate for women versus men involved in similar traffic crashes dating back at least 60 years.

What is the most common fatal injury in a car accident? ›

Head Injuries

Trauma and damage to the head, especially the brain, are the most common fatal injuries in car accidents. Each day, an average of 155 Americans die from head and brain injuries, according to the CDC.

Does pain get worse after a car accident? ›

However, it's important to know that delayed pain from injuries is extremely common after auto accidents. Over the course of hours or days after a car crash, you may start to feel worse and symptoms of injury may begin to arise.

Am I at fault if someone grabs my steering wheel while driving? ›

One of the main takeaways from the McKay v. Park case is that if a passenger takes control of the steering wheel without the driver's consent, and this action was not reasonably foreseeable, the passenger could be liable if a crash occurs.

Who is to blame for self-driving cars? ›

“If you ask automobile manufacturers,” said Robertson, also the law school's director of the Center for Professional Ethics, “they'll tell you the driver is always fully responsible—even when supervised autonomy fails—because Advanced Driver Assistance Systems require constant human oversight, even when autonomous ...

Who is liable for self-driving cars? ›

The Human Driver

If the self-driving technology warns a driver that roadway conditions require the driver to take over the controls, the operator must respond appropriately. If an operator ignores warning signals or is too distracted to pay attention, he or she could be liable for a resultant self-driving car accident.

What is the fine if a motorist violates the pedestrian law and the pedestrian suffers serious bodily injury NJ? ›

If a pedestrian suffers serious bodily injury as a result of a motorist's violation, the motorist is subject to a $100-$500 fine, up to 25 days in jail and a driving privilege suspension of up to 6 months.

Is it your fault if you do something on accident? ›

If you did something (or failed to do something) that caused an accident, you're probably at fault. Your liability insurance pays for damage you cause others when you're at fault for an accident. An insurance adjuster will initially decide who was at fault for an accident.

What must you do if you are at fault in an accident and do not have insurance in Nevada? ›

If you cause an accident and you don't have insurance, you're personally liable for 100 percent of the damages of the other party. While an insurance company might have stepped in to pay the damages, you have to pay the other driver out of pocket because you don't have insurance.

Which vehicle is most likely to hit a pedestrian? ›

SUVs, pickups, vans and minivans are more likely than cars to hit pedestrians while making turns.

Where do pedestrians get hit the most? ›

Higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the injury severity. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, on roadway locations away from intersections (where higher speeds might occur), and at night.

What is the most common injury for pedestrians? ›

The Neck, Face, and Head

Approximately 38% of pedestrians suffer an injury to their neck, face or head. Some of the common examples of these injuries include shoulder displacement, vertebrae injuries, neck injuries, jaw fractures, skull damage, lacerations, and concussions.

What is the amount of fines for a driver who fails to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk NJ? ›

Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. Motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians or who overtake and pass vehicles that are stopped for pedestrians are subject, upon conviction for a violation of the law, to two (2) points, a $200 fine, and may also be required to perform up to 15 days of community service.

Can pedestrians be legally at fault for causing a crash in Texas? ›

A Shared Fault Pedestrian Accident Case

If the same car hits a pedestrian because the pedestrian walked into traffic without looking, the pedestrian is liable for contributory negligence. The law recognizes that both parties contributed to the accident and thus reduces the amount of compensation paid to each side.

What happens if a car hits a pedestrian in Texas? ›

When a car hits a pedestrian in Texas, the at-fault driver is responsible for paying medical expenses, wage losses, and other applicable damages related to the crash. The injured pedestrian would typically file a claim against the at-fault driver's insurance company.

Can a pedestrian be at fault in Florida? ›

In most cases, the driver will be held liable for a pedestrian accident. However, there are times that the pedestrian could be at fault. If you or someone you know were involved in a pedestrian accident in the State of Florida, then you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer.

Do pedestrians have the right away in Florida? ›

In a crosswalk with or without a signal

Any pedestrian that is at a crosswalk with a signal indicating that it is safe for them to cross the road, always has the right of way. If there is no signal, but there is a crosswalk, pedestrians still have the right of way and drivers should yield to the pedestrian.

What is the Florida state law for pedestrians? ›

A driver is required to yield the right of way to a pedestrian lawfully crossing in a crosswalk. If a sidewalk is provided, no pedestrian shall, unless required by other circumstances, walk along and upon the portion of a roadway paved for vehicular traffic.

What is the ICD 10 code for pedestrian hit by car? ›

ICD-10 code V03. 10 for Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with car, pick-up truck or van in traffic accident is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range - Transport accidents .

How long are you sore after a car accident? ›

After your car accident, in general, expect soreness to linger for up to six weeks. Normal pain after a car accident usually includes minor soreness. Commonly, car accident victims experience pain in the neck or back.

What is it called when someone tries to hit you with a car? ›

Vehicular assault is a form of assault that involves the use of a vehicle to cause another person harm or threaten him or her with harm. The crime of vehicular assault often accompanies other traffic offenses.

What are the 3 types of injury? ›

Did you know that most athletic injuries can be boiled down into three main categories? Acute, Overuse, and Chronic.

What is considered a significant injury? ›

Types of Serious Injuries

The law defines a serious injury as an injury that results in any of the following: death. significant disfigurement. dismemberment. a fracture.

What are the 4 classifications of injuries? ›

The main types are primary, secondary, direct, indirect and chronic injury.

Would you feel if you hit a pedestrian? ›

You usually feel the impact. However, if you're going fast or there's a lot of noise and things going on, like in a big city, you might not.

What are the delayed symptoms after a car accident? ›

Linked to nerve damage, TBIs, and spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord damage, herniated discs, and nerve damage can all cause numbness, tingling, or even loss of feeling in the affected area. In some cases, these symptoms can be precursors to paralysis or other long-term neurological damage.

What happens if a car runs over your foot? ›

This means the ankle and foot will receive the full force of the car's impact and of the weight of the person's body. This extreme tension near the ankle and foot area can cause severe damage to the tendons and ligaments, resulting in fractures and tears.

What happens if someone jumps in front of your car? ›

Explain exactly what happened. Police will interview any witnesses and take notes. If you remain at the scene, you will not be arrested. If you leave the scene, even if the person jumped in front of your car, you will be arrested until they figure out what happened.

What is responsible pedestrian Behaviour? ›

Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

When a pedestrian is at an uncontrolled intersection drivers are required to? ›

At an uncontrolled intersection, pedestrians should be careful and watch out for any oncoming traffic. In most states, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to you within any crosswalk, marked or unmarked.

What if someone lies about you hitting their car? ›

If the other driver lied about their actions when they were at fault for a car crash that caused you serious injuries, you can file a lawsuit or claim through their insurance policy. You (and your lawyer) can gather evidence to show what actually happened and demonstrate that the other driver was negligent.

Does your car have to be on to give someone a jump? ›

Make sure both vehicles are off.

Make sure both vehicles are turned completely off before attaching the jumper cables to the battery terminals!

Who as a pedestrian is most at risk? ›

Types of Pedestrians Most at Risk
  • Children. Children 14 and under accounted for a significant proportion of pedestrian accident deaths. ...
  • Older Adults. ...
  • Male Pedestrians. ...
  • Pedestrians Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol.
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Do pedestrians have a responsibility? ›

Generally speaking, pedestrians have the right-of-way but also have responsibilities of their own. Most importantly, pedestrians must obey traffic signals such as traffic lights and stop signs just like drivers do. Pedestrians are also required to walk in crosswalks where they are provided.

Do you have to wait for a pedestrian to completely cross the street in California? ›

Are Drivers Required to Yield to Pedestrians? In California, the law does not state that a driver must wait for the pedestrian to fully exit the crosswalk or the street before they proceed on their way in their lane. A pedestrian must be safely out of the driver's path of travel for them to begin driving again.

What are three 3 actions a driver can take when approaching an unmarked uncontrolled intersection? ›

Slow down to an appropriate speed so you have time to stop if necessary. Scan the nearby area for pedestrians and vehicles – remember that pedestrians are harder to see and can be hidden from view behind objects or vehicles. Yield the right-of-way to traffic already in the intersection.

What are the rules for pedestrian crossing? ›

The driver of every vehicle approaching a pedestrian crossing must proceed only at such speed as will enable him to stop his vehicle before reaching the crossing.

Where do pedestrians suffer most accidents? ›

  • Crossing in front of a motorist going straight.
  • Crossing in front of a motorist while they are turning right.
  • Crossing in front of a motorist turning left.


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