The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LADPW) offers an online “Traffic Safety Tool Kit” designed to help drivers decrease the risk of accidents. In addition to helping drivers understand how to drive more safely, particularly in neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere, the kit also provides pedestrian safety tips. In order to decrease your chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident in the San Fernando Valley, the LADPW recommends following these safety rules:
- Always use the crosswalk. California law requires drivers to stop for a pedestrian using a crosswalk, whether or not there are painted lines on the road to indicate where the crosswalk should be. However, pedestrians should not assume that a driver can see the crosswalk or will be able to stop quickly if the pedestrian steps out suddenly.
- Watch cars to be sure they are slowing down. Pedestrians are less likely to be hit by cars that are clearly slowing down and stopping at a crosswalk or intersection. If possible, make eye contact with the car’s driver to ensure that they have seen you preparing to cross the street.
- Always use pedestrian “walk” buttons and crosswalk signals if they are available. Only begin crossing the street if the “walk” sign or icon (a walking person) is lit. If the “don’t walk” sign or icon (an upraised hand) is flashing, you should finish crossing the street if you’ve started, but do not start to cross the street. You may not have time to finish, and a driver who is in a hurry may not see you once the light turns green.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles County, the experienced San Fernando Valley pedestrian accident attorneys at The Mandell Law Firm can help you understand your rights and take legal action. To learn more or to schedule a free and confidential consultation, call The Mandell Law Firm today at 818-886-6600.