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San Francisco is a busy, bustling city--whether you’re driving or walking. Due to the constant heavy traffic, accidents involving both pedestrians and motor vehicles are quite common. Unfortunately, walking along or crossing a street leads to thousands of Americans being severely injured or killed every year.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, our San Francisco personal injury attorneys at The Matiasic Firm can ensure that you obtain a maximum settlement or verdict. We can thoroughly investigate your case, collect evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and build a strong case on your behalf.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are often caused by driver inattention or negligence. Driver inattention involves using their phone (i.e. texting or talking), looking at the GPS, eating, and even grooming. Driver confusion can also produce these accidents, especially when a driver isn’t familiar with their surroundings.

In busy cities, such as San Francisco, many pedestrian accidents can be caused by aggressive driving. Motorists are prone to violating traffic signals and bouts of road rage which lead to higher speeds and sharp turns.

Most common maneuvers drivers performed right before a car-pedestrian collision include:

  • Left turns
  • Rights turns
  • Reserving
  • U-turns

Can a Pedestrian Share Fault?

According to California law, pedestrians have the right of way in nearly all situations. However, pedestrians have a duty of reasonable care to others on the road, just like motorists.

Pedestrians must follow these rules of the road:

  • Obey traffic control signals and signs
  • Walk on the sidewalk
  • Use the closest crosswalk, bridge or tunnel
  • Do not jaywalk

While motor vehicles are mostly liable in many car-pedestrian accidents, there are many other instances when the pedestrian was either partially at fault or completely at fault. For instance, let’s say a pedestrian crosses a street against the red hand of the traffic light, then a motorist who was texting while driving hits the pedestrian. Since both parties breached their duty of reasonable care, how is fault divided?

California is a comparative negligence state, which means the plaintiff's damages are reduced by their percentage of their own negligence that contributed to the collision. The judge or jury decides what percentage of liability is given to the plaintiff’s own negligence. That percentage will reduce the plaintiff’s total award for monetary damages.

Referring back to the previous example, let’s say the jury awards the pedestrian $60,000 in damages. However, because the pedestrian was at 20 percent at fault, only $48,000 is awarded.

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