Basic standard of care: A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence. (CACI 700) The duty to use reasonable care does not require the same amount of caution from drivers and pedestrians. While both drivers and pedestrians must be aware that motor vehicles can cause serious injuries, drivers must use more care than pedestrians. (CACI 710)
You may be walking down the street to go to the corner store. You look both ways before you cross the street and you keep on walking, when, all of a sudden, you are hit by a car. Pedestrian accidents like this happen all the time.
Head and spinal injuries, along with fractured bones, are the most common kinds of injuries experienced by pedestrians. With more cars, trucks and motorcycles on the road, the likelihood of serious injury to pedestrians increases each day. Call Charles P. Charlton for a free consultation at (310) 651-9906. Dowload our Accident Checklist