As a Los Angeles accident lawyer, pedestrian safety is something I’m passionate about.
Maybe that’s because my very first client was a pedestrian who got hit by a texting-driver while he was lawfully crossing the street. Sadly, these kinds of avoidable pedestrian accidents happen every day in Los Angeles.
A question I get from time-to-time involves pedestrians walking where there’s no sidewalk. Where should a pedestrian walk in this scenario?
The answer can be found in the California Vehicle Code.
Section 21956 (as indicated in the photo) says a pedestrian in this situation should walk to his or her left-hand edge of the roadway, facing oncoming traffic.
Pedestrians walking where there’s no sidewalk should also yield the right-of-way to vehicles driving on the roadway. Normally, pedestrians have the right-of-way, except in this particular situation.
Drivers must also exercise due care for the safety of pedestrians walking in the roadway (VC 21954(b).
Stay safe as you walk out-and-about in Los Angeles! And for questions about your pedestrian or auto accident case, the Rabbi Lawyer is ready to assist, 24/6!