The old adage of “pedestrians have the right of way” is true in most cases, but not in all cases. Just as cars have to obey the rules and laws of the road, pedestrians have their own set of rules and laws to follow.
Pedestrian accident settlements can be complicated affairs, especially when it is not entirely clear who is at fault for the accident. Was the pedestrian jaywalking? Was the driver or the pedestrian intoxicated? Were any of the parties involved distracted at the time of the accident? Perhaps they were texting or interacting with their phone, or the driver of the car was dealing with one of the many common causes of distracted driving.
Los Angeles spans 503 square miles and has different levels of pedestrian accessibility throughout. Some areas, like Venice or Sunset Boulevard, are very walkable, while other areas are on top of hills or surrounded by freeways. The reality is that auto accessibility is prioritized over pedestrian access throughout much of the city.
Now that the weather is warmer, more people are on the streets. Walking may be a wiser and healthier option, but it is not always the safest. Seventy thousand pedestrians are injured – and more than 4,000 die in car accidents each year. While this is only a part of car accident deaths, it is...
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Whenever there’s a traffic accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle, the pedestrian will almost always be the one that is most at risk of serious injury or death. Because of this, it’s common to assume that the driver of the vehicle is always at fault for the accident, but this isn’t always the case - especially if the pedestrian was jaywalking or violating some other traffic rule.