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The Role of Traffic Signals in California Pedestrian Accident Cases

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Traffic signals are vital in maintaining order and safety on our roads. They manage the flow of vehicles and pedestrians, ensuring everyone has their turn to proceed. In California, traffic signals' importance is underlined in pedestrian accident cases.

Who Has the Right of Way?

Pedestrians have the right of way in most circumstances under California law. However, they also bear responsibility for their safety, which includes obeying crosswalk signals and following specific rules when crossing the street at a crosswalk. This shared responsibility between drivers and pedestrians underscores the essential role that traffic signals play in preventing accidents.

Traffic Signal Errors

However, what happens when these traffic signals fail to perform their duty? Signal malfunctions can lead to severe and even fatal accidents. A green light may give a driver the go-ahead, but if the pedestrian signal fails to show a 'don't walk' sign simultaneously, it could lead to a disastrous collision. Speeding, distracted driving, drowsy driving, or impaired driving are common causes of pedestrian accidents. Still, faulty traffic signals can exacerbate these risks, increasing the likelihood of incidents.

Others Who May Be Held Accountable

In some instances, the liability for these accidents may extend beyond the involved parties. When a city fails to maintain a traffic signal, resulting in an obstructed view of a stop sign or traffic signal, and an accident occurs, the city could be held liable for injuries. This liability for faulty or defective traffic signals extends to government entities tasked with upkeep.

One of the measures taken to prevent such accidents includes signal timing enhancement. This process involves adjusting the timing of traffic signals to prioritize pedestrian crossings, providing them with sufficient time to cross the street safely. However, even with such efforts, accidents can still occur, particularly if there's a failure in the system.

Work With a Team of Proven Experts

You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident due to a traffic signal error. Navigating the complex legal landscape surrounding pedestrian accidents can be challenging. It requires a deep understanding of state laws and local ordinances and the ability to argue your case effectively.

At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we specialize in personal injury cases involving pedestrian accidents. We're committed to fighting for our clients' rights and helping them secure the compensation they deserve. Our team of experienced attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate your case, establish liability, and advocate for you every step of the way.

Don't let a traffic signal error disrupt your life without seeking the justice you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley today, and let us help you navigate this challenging time.

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