Many car accidents involve rules of the road regarding right of way. In my over 20 years of practicing personal injury law, many cases come down to whether the injured party had the right of way. Many drivers are unaware of the California right of way safety rules. California has enacted these safety rules to protect California drivers, pedestrians and bicyclist.
Unfortunately many catastrophic injury accidents in California whether your accident is in Los Angeles, Burbank, West Covina, Anaheim or any other city in California most likely could have been avoided if the negligent party simply followed the right of way rules. These rules are defined here by a California car accident lawyer.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, accidents leading to pedestrian deaths nationwide totaled 4,735 across the United States. California was the leader in pedestrian fatalities with a total of 701 deaths in 2013. Pedestrian safety in a state with such a large population of drivers is an important issue. A Pedestrian under California Law is a person on foot or who uses such things as skate boards, roller skates or related items other than a bicycle. Moreover, a disabled person is considered a pedestrian even if they use a walking aid such as a wheelchair, tricycle or quadricycle. An experienced car accident lawyer knows these rules and how they effect a potential claim you have.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles pedestrian deaths amount to approximately twenty-two percent (22%) of all traffic related fatalities. It should be noted that pedestrians can be exposed to an increased risk of harm when crossing highways near electric or hybrid cars as such vehicles are virtually silent giving no warning to an unsuspecting pedestrian. Drivers of cars or trucks should be aware of pedestrian right of way laws and general follow these safety and right of way rules:
An intersection is a road or highway where one portion of the road, street or highway meets another road. Intersections may include side streets, freeway entrances, alleys cross streets and any other area where vehicles including cars and trucks traveling on different streets or roads intersect and join each other.
According to the FHA (Federal Highway Administration, intersections accidents account for more than forty-five percent (45%) or all car crashes reported and twenty-one percent (21%) of all vehicle accident fatalities. Consult a car accident lawyer when you have questions about your accident.
If you or a loved one is injured in a vehicle accident whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or in accident, you should always seek the advice of an experienced vehicle or car accident lawyer to learn who is potentially at fault and your rights to getting compensation for your injuries under California Law.
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