Pedestrian cases can often be the most serious injury cases because humans are no match for motor vehicles. It is very important to keep a strong lookout for pedestrians who may be crossing the street, either in a marked crosswalk or anywhere else.
While pedestrians do have an obligation to follow the law, the drivers of a motor vehicle share similar, if not more, responsibility. Both activities require "reasonable care."
Today, a gentleman was hit and taken to local Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clarita, CA. He was hit by a pick up truck apparently making a left turn at the time. Investigators are still looking at the case. Here is a link to the story in the local paper: http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/85671/
The reasonable care required between drivers and pedestrians is not quite the same in California. The California jury instruction specific to this issue (CACI 710) states 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. That's primarily because a vehicle can cause more damage to a pedestrian than a pedestrian can cause to a motor vehicle.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.