When people are driving on the roads in California they are usually sharing them with many other drivers. This means all drivers need to follow the various traffic laws and pay attention to the road. This means that they need stay off their phones and avoid other distractions as well. This is important to ensure the driver’s safety as well as every other driver’s safety as well. However, there are more than just other drivers that people encounter while driving.
Drivers will also need to drive around bicyclists and people walking to various places they need to get to. It is especially important to drive safely around pedestrians as they are very vulnerable in a car accident. They have no protection between themselves and the ground or other objects. If they are struck by a motor vehicle, even if the vehicle is not travelling fast, it can cause severe injuries to the pedestrians, which can require significant medical treatment for many years.
Tips for driving safely around pedestrians
When people are approaching crosswalks, whether they are marked or not, and there is a pedestrian near it, drivers should slow down and stop if necessary to allow them cross safely. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections and crosswalks. Drivers should not pass other vehicles which are stopped at an intersection either as they may be stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers also need to pay attention to and follow all signs regarding pedestrians.
Driving is an every day occurrence for many people in California. It is something that can become second nature for people which can result in people forgetting how important it is to just pay attention to driving while they are on the roads. If they do not they could hit pedestrians who may be legally crossing the streets. The pedestrians can suffer severe injuries as a result and suffer for many years. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these injuries can be and may be a useful resource.