Legalizing Safe Street Crossings: What You Need to Know About AB 2147

Legalizing Safe Street Crossings: What You Need to Know About AB 2147

Pedestrians often face unsafe choices as they walk along California’s streets. Sometimes, there’s almost no safe or legal way to cross a busy road. This is the issue behind California AB 2147, a new bill passed by the legislature and on its way to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature. The bill, known as the […]

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What To Do If an Uber Hits a Pedestrian in California

What To Do If an Uber Hits a Pedestrian in California

Pedestrians dodge speeding Ubers all day long in California. Anyone who’s walked along the busy streets of San Francisco or Los Angeles has probably had a close encounter with an Uber! Uber has more than 200,000 drivers in California alone and about 5 million worldwide. It’s by far the planet’s largest rideshare company and dominates […]

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$100,000 California Pedestrian Accident Settlement

$100,000 Pedestrian Accident Settlement

A California woman was hit while walking through a crosswalk when a driver ran a stop sign and drove through the intersection. Luckily the woman survived, but she suffered severe injuries as a result of the California pedestrian accident—a two-part distal radius fracture and a left ulnar styloid fracture.  The radius fracture required open reduction […]

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Why Are There So Many Accidents in the Summer?

Why Are There So Many Accidents in the Summer?

For many, summer is the best time of year. It means the end of school, fun vacations, camping trips, days at the park or beach, backyard barbeques, and pool time. However, as delightful and exciting as summer may be, it is also considered one of the most dangerous times of the year due to an […]

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What’s the Difference Between Gross and Ordinary Negligence?

What's the Difference Between Gross and Ordinary Negligence?

The word “negligence” is commonly tossed around in casual conversations. A driver might accuse someone else of driving negligently without knowing the legal definition of negligence. Here in California, the law recognizes both ordinary negligence and gross negligence. Do you know the difference between them? The finer points of negligence become important in certain scenarios, […]

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Complete Streets Coming to California

Complete Streets Coming to California

Poor road design is one of the biggest reasons why some streets are more dangerous than others in California. This is particularly true for non-motorists who share our roads, like pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooter riders. Many of our city streets are great for cars but terrible for pedestrians. San Francisco has a long history of […]

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Pedestrian Accidents and the Dangers of Distracted Walking

Pedestrian Accidents and the Dangers of Distracted Walking

You’ve heard that distracted driving is dangerous and against the law. What about distracted walking? When a pedestrian is too distracted to walk safely, they’re a danger to themselves and everyone else nearby. Oblivious pedestrians sometimes trip over curbs, stumble on stairs, walk into glass doors, bump into cars, or even walk straight out into […]

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New Study Shows SUVs, Pickups Hit Pedestrians More Often Than Cars Do

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If you’re a pedestrian who walks in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or another California city, here’s something important you should know: You’re more likely to be hit by an SUV or truck than a car. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new report on pedestrian safety that shows concerning statistics about pedestrian […]

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Slow Streets: What They Are and the Push to Make Them Permanent

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San Francisco is a global trendsetter when it comes to devising innovative ways to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe on city streets. In the past 10 years, the city has launched more than 30 road improvement projects, plus 130 miles of new bike and pedestrian zones. San Francisco spends more than $25 million per year […]

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Freedom to Walk Act: What You Need to Know

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Is walking a criminal act? It can be. When a pedestrian becomes a jaywalker, a police officer can cite them for crossing the road outside a marked crosswalk. This sometimes triggers additional police interactions. California’s current jaywalking laws could even be creating dangerous situations between well-meaning walkers and law enforcement officers. A simple citation can […]

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