Pedestrian lanes are designated areas on the road for walker, jogger, bikers and roller skateboarders. The lanes also serve as separators between vehicles and pedestrians. With this, vehicle and pedestrian accidents are then assumed to be prevented since pedestrian lanes are provided.
People usually feel comfortable when walking on a pedestrian lane being rest assured that they are safe since the lanes are specially designed for their safety. However, I doubt if you would still feel safe after reading a story of these three pedestrian passersby.
Two pedestrians walking on the marked crosswalk at the Miliken Avenue just near the Pacific Electric bike trail in Rancho Cucamonga last November 26 were struck by a car. According to reports, the driver was sleepy and didn’t notice the two cyclists and a jogger in the crosswalk, causing the accident.
The jogger suffered multiple fractures while the female cyclist sustained serious physical injuries. She was immediately brought to the hospital and undergone surgery. Her husband, being the third person struck did not sustain any injury.
Under the California Vehicle Code Section 21950, vehicle drivers shall provide a right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within either marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
Obviously, the car driver will be held liable for a pedestrian accident once proven that his or her car stepped on the pedestrian lane However, victims of the accident may file for their personal injury claim only until 180 days from the date of the accident according to the California Government Code Section 911.2.
The woman can file a claim against the irresponsible driver for the hope of a fast recovery.