Beaches along the coast of California draw millions of tourists each year. Many of these beach communities, including Manhattan Beach, have considerable pedestrian traffic. Motorists in these areas must ensure they’re taking proper safety precautions so they don’t strike a pedestrian.
One of the most important things for all motorists to do is to watch what’s going on around their vehicle. Driving while distracted, fatigued, or impaired increases the risk that they will hit a pedestrian or be involved in another crash. Pedestrians should also ensure they’re paying attention to where they’re walking and what’s going on around them.
How can drivers and pedestrians work together to remain safe?
Pedestrians should always walk on sidewalks at crossroads or intersections. Drivers shouldn’t ever try to push their way through a crosswalk when pedestrians are present.
Areas that have high pedestrian traffic will usually have slower speed limits, so motorists should comply with those. It might be necessary to drive slower than the speed limit sometimes, but doing so is often necessary so they don’t hit anyone.
Pedestrians who are struck by a vehicle will need immediate medical care. Even if they feel like they’re not injured, medical care is necessary because many injuries can remain hidden. Lack of health insurance shouldn’t impact a person’s ability to get this type of emergency care. Ultimately, the pedestrian may opt to pursue a claim against the motorist who struck them if there was an element of negligence or recklessness that contributed to the crash. California law places a time limit on these cases, so don’t wait too long to get your claim filed if you’ve suffered an injury.