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Pedestrian Rights and the Law

Pedestrian right-of-way: In San Francisco, all intersections of streets wider than 25 feet are legal crosswalks, unless they specifically say “no crossing” — and Walk San Francisco is working to open up all “closed” intersections in the city. Whether the crossing is marked or unmarked, it’s legal.

Learn more:
Read up on the California Vehicle Code and the pedestrian section.

If you are hit by a car, know your rights. Do as much of this as you can:

  1. Get witness info: names and numbers of any witnesses. Sometimes police do not get the names and numbers of all witnesses. Take photos of the scene if you can.
  2. Get the driver’s info: license plate number, name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance information.
  3. Call the police or get someone else to call the police. Get the officer’s name and badge number.
  4. Accept medical treatment at the scene of the collision. (If it turns out that you are injured and you refused treatment at the scene, the insurance company can use that against you.)

If you are hit by a car as a pedestrian, your own auto insurance may cover you if the policy includes uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. However, to protect yourself in cases where a driver in a collision has little or no insurance, or the identity of the driver is unknown (such as a hit-and-run driver), pedestrians with an auto insurance policy should consider purchasing higher limits of uninsured motorist coverage.

You may want to talk to a lawyer first. A consultation should be free.  The following firms support Walk SF’s advocacy as event sponsors. However, Walk SF makes no endorsement, expressed or implied, regarding the qualifications of any particular firm.

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
650 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108-2615
(415) 981-7210

Law Office of Daniel H. RosePedestrian Accident Attorney
One Sansome Street, Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 946-8900

Sally Morin Law
100 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 413-0033

Hassell Law GroupRated a 2014 Northern California Super Lawyer
4079 19th Avenue
San Francisco , CA 94132
(415) 334-4111

369 Pine St Ste 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 956-9245

GJEL Accident Attorneys
220 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 986-4777