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Explaining California pedestrian laws

| Apr 15, 2017 | Auto-Pedestrian Accidents |

Pedestrians are protected across the country by various laws because of the disadvantage they have when around motor vehicles. There are no uniform pedestrian laws across the country as each individual state writes its own laws protecting pedestrians. Today, we will explain the pedestrian laws in the state of California.

When a pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, motor vehicles must yield the right-of-way to that pedestrian. When a vehicle is approaching an intersection with a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, the vehicle is required to reduce its speed and take any other precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the pedestrian.

At the same time, pedestrians are not allowed to leave the curb and walk out into a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection suddenly. This is especially true when there are oncoming vehicles that are too close to the pedestrian, which can cause a hazardous condition.

While in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, a pedestrian is not allowed to delay traffic or unnecessarily stop the traffic. This means that pedestrians should cross the street as quickly as possible as to avoid any issues with impeding traffic.

Pedestrians walking outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk are legally required to yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles at an intersection.

When crossing at an intersection with traffic controls, the pedestrian must cross the intersection between two intersections next to each other in a marked crosswalk.

Auto-pedestrian accidents can be some of the most severe in California. The victim of this type of accident will need to prove the following four items in order to win a case against a driver:

— Duty of care

— Breach of duty

— Proximate cause

— Damages

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident, a motor vehicle accident attorney will be able to answer your questions. Visit our site today to learn more about the pedestrian laws in Manhattan Beach, California.

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