Pedestrians are vulnerable due to their lack of protection as they cross the road, which is why these types of accidents often lead to life-altering injuries. Both motorists and pedestrians alike need to understand crosswalk laws and pedestrian rights-of-way to try to prevent pedestrian accidents from occurring. If you sustained injuries caused by a negligent driver, they could be held liable for your losses and suffering.
Jaywalking was just legalized in California, meaning pedestrians can now cross the street outside of a crosswalk without getting a ticket. This is a significant change for the state, which has long had some of the strictest jaywalking laws in the country. The new law is a victory for pedestrian rights advocates, who have been pushing for looser restrictions on crossing the street. They argue that the old rules were unfair to pedestrians and disproportionately enforced in communities of color. Now that jaywalking is legal, pedestrians will have more freedom to move around the state and no longer have to worry about getting a ticket for crossing the street outside a crosswalk so long as they do it safely.
October is National Pedestrian Safety Month, as established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose is to increase awareness of pedestrian safety. Looking back, in the most recent year for which statistics are available, 6,205 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S., as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes. In California alone, at least two pedestrians or cyclists are killed every day, as stated by Caltrans.