While walking is something most take for granted, it is one of the defining characteristics of what it means to be human. Walking offers the lowest cost and most sustainable form of transportation. Walking also supports fitness, promotes social interaction and community, and offers opportunities for discovery and fun. Yet too often, city streets marginalize people when they walk, putting pedestrians — particularly seniors, children, and people with disabilities – at added risk from traffic violence. Learn how to protect yourself and your family, and understand your legal rights should you or someone you know become the victim of a crash.
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 with crosswalk paint, it’s a legal crosswalk.
Learn More: Read up on the California Vehicle Code and the pedestrian section and the San Francisco’s Crosswalk Policy. At 181 public and private K-12 schools citywide, Walk SF won the adoption of slower 15 MPH speed limit zones. During times when children are present, drivers must obey posted signs for the area within 500 feet of any school located on two-lane streets and reduce their speeds to 15 MPH. Walk SF is currently advocating for similar posted signs for Senior Zones as part of the Vision Zero goal to end all serious and fatal traffic-related injuries by 2024.
As a result of Walk SF’s advocacy for Vision Zero, the San Francisco Police Department changed its standing operating procedures. Effective February 2014, the SFPD now cites and charges at-fault drivers in cases of serious or fatal traffic injuries.
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 speak with a lawyer before proceeding with any insurance or legal action. A consultation should be free. Find out more below:
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger 650 California Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94108-2615 (415) 981-7210
Sally Morin Law 100 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600 San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 413-0033
RAHMAN LAW PC 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