Pedestrian accidents are one of the worst types of accidents that can occur. The reason why pedestrian accidents are one of the worst and most dangerous types of accidents is because a pedestrian is not protected in a vehicle and they are typically hit by a vehicle that is traveling anywhere from 1 to 100 mph. Pedestrian accidents can easily result in catastrophic injuries, and often times, even death. When it comes to pedestrians, they almost always have the right-of-way; however, there are some instances in which they may not. In fact, a pedestrian may be found at fault for an accident, which includes the following scenarios:
- Crossing the street while distracted: If a pedestrian is crossing the street while distracted due to texting or not paying attention, he or she may be held at fault for the accident.
- Jaywalking: If a pedestrian is walking at an unmarked crosswalk, this is considered jaywalking, which is illegal and the pedestrian can be held at fault.
- Under the influence: If a pedestrian is intoxicated and is either under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she can be held responsible for an accident while crossing the street improperly.
If you are a pedestrian, it is important that you are always aware of your surroundings so you can avoid an instance like this from happening.
In addition, California is a comparative negligence state, which means, each party can be held at fault for an accident and that is determined by a certain percentage.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us for legal help. We will give you the guidance you need.