Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are common in busy cities and tourist areas such as Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and San Clemente where many people walk, skateboard, run and exercise. California’s right-of-way laws help protect pedestrians and impose liability to motorists that fail to follow the laws.  Most pedestrian accidents occur from negligent drivers of cars, motorcycles and trucks that fail to follow the California right-of way laws.  Pedestrian accidents occur in intersections, crosswalks, sidewalks, school crossings, and on the street.

California Pedestrian Laws

  • Drivers must stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks or at intersections. A stopped motorist may be letting a pedestrian cross the road, therefore other motorists should wait when vehicles are stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Motorists must never drive on sidewalks that are designated as safe routes for pedestrians.
  • Motorists must stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles when coming out of parking lots or driveways.
  • Motorists must allow elders, children and disabled pedestrian ample time to cross the road.
  • If a pedestrian is walking outside a crosswalk, a motorist is expected to exercise necessary caution.

Pedestrians are expected to follow the rules of the road and walk in crosswalks, sidewalks and other areas designated for pedestrians.  If you have been injured as a pedestrian, contact Remick Law Group at 949-445-4344 or online by completing our Free Case Review Form.

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