San Bernardino, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: Can I get in trouble for almost hitting a pedestrian with my car?

The other day as I was driving I accidentally almost hit someone with my car, thankfully nothing happened.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. In general, such settings could be a judgment call on the part of a trained observer, in terms of whether the motorist or pedestrian is at fault. The general rule is to yield to pedestrians, but these can also be fact-specific settings that depend on whether or not the location is as crosswalk, signage, traffic control devices, where the pedestrian was and where the vehicle was, and the region's particular rules for yielding to pedestrians entering a crosswalk. Good luck

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