Traffic laws differ between various states in the country, and even municipalities in a single state can also have different traffic laws. California is one of those states. While you may see the white marked stripes on the road, you need to understand that most of these areas are not crosswalks.
The stripes on the tarmac are used to show an unmarked crosswalk. Mostly, unmarked crosswalks are found in intersections or near sidewalk extensions. Drivers should slow down for pedestrians to pass just like they do on marked crosswalks.
Who has the right of way in crosswalks?
Most road users believe that pedestrians have the right of way in a crossing on the road. However, this is not always true. Drivers are required to stop and wait until the pedestrian traffic clears at a marked crosswalk, but unmarked crosswalks have different laws. Drivers are not allowed to stop fully although pedestrians may have the right of way. The drivers and pedestrians are responsible for any personal injury on an unmarked crosswalk.
If a driver hits a pedestrian who stepped onto the path of the vehicle, the driver may not ultimately be at fault. However, the driver should show evidence that they tried to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
Reducing traffic accidents
Although there has been a rise in traffic accidents, cities are working to solve this problem. State authorities are asking pedestrians to remain vigilant and stop using smartphones while walking. A pedestrian on the phone may not look at both sides of the road. Additionally, a driver who is using their phone may miss a pedestrian on the road.
The evolution of technology has led to the introduction of safety features that benefit both drivers and pedestrians. Automatic braking is one technology that aims ate reducing pedestrian-related accidents.
Have you been involved in a pedestrian-related accident? You may want to contact an attorney for further guidance.