Like every other city in California, both Placerville and the rest of the greater Sacramento area have its share of pedestrians and bicyclists.
According to a study by one educational institution, many of the largest cities in California have a relatively large share of people who ride bicycles or walk to work, and the number of these people is growing.
Of course, many Californians ride bicycles or walk either for pleasure or to do other tasks.
Motorists have an obligation to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians and take reasonable care to avoid accidents.
While it is true that pedestrians must also do their part to stay safe, motorists play a huge role in protecting pedestrians and bicyclists.
After all, the size difference between a person, even on a bicycle, and a car means that the person will frequently suffer severe injuries after colliding with a vehicle.
Specifically, to prevent pedestrian accidents, drivers must avoid inattentive or distracted driving as well driving while drowsy or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Especially in crowded areas where pedestrians and bicyclists are often present, drivers also should avoid speeding and other thoughtless behaviors like trying to beat traffic lights or rolling as stop sign. They will need to adjust their speed and other habits for bad weather or other problems with road conditions.
A pedestrian may be able to sue for compensation after suffering an injury
When a driver does not meet these basic responsibilities, a California pedestrian who gets hurt as a result may be able to sue the driver for negligence.
In that lawsuit, a pedestrian can claim compensation for his or her lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses he or she had to pay because of the accident.
He or she may also be able to recover non-economic losses, like pain and suffering, emotional distress and the ability to live independently and enjoy one’s life.