Come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs to avoid hitting pedestrians.

How Rolling Stops Can Lead to Pedestrian Accidents

At some point, most drivers have failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or at a red light. This type of stop is known as a rolling stop, and can be incredibly dangerous, particularly for pedestrians who rely on drivers to stop properly at intersections.

Rolling through an intersection is illegal in both California and Arizona. Under the Arizona and the California Vehicle Codes, drivers must make a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. This is true even if drivers are making a right turn at a red light; they must make a complete stop before making the turn. Both the Arizona and the California Vehicle Codes also require all drivers to give pedestrians the right of way in intersections before turning.

When drivers fail to come to a complete stop, it puts pedestrians at risk because they expect drivers to do what they are legally required to do at stop signs and red lights. Pedestrians may step out into the intersection and be struck by vehicles who carelessly roll through, making a right turn without coming to a complete stop, or simply running a red light or rolling through a stop sign. To make matters worse, many drivers and pedestrians are distracted by electronics such as smartphones or other devices, and may not notice the danger until it is too late. This may lead to an increase in pedestrian accidents and even fatalities due to rolling stops.

In states like California and Arizona, where we have warm weather year-round, residents tend to enjoy outdoor activities like walking, running, skating and riding bicycles. Many towns and cities have dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, but joggers, runners and other residents still make use of sidewalks and roads to get their daily exercise. That makes it all the more important that drivers respect the rules of the road when it comes to making complete stops at all red lights and stop signs, and to proceed with caution through all intersections. Pedestrians can do their part by paying close attention to their surroundings, and reducing distractions like using smartphones. Working together, we can reduce the number of pedestrian accidents.

If you have been injured in an accident, you will need the assistance of a skilled pedestrian accident attorney to help you get the money you deserve so you can move forward with your life. At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, our lawyers are experienced at helping victims of all types of accidents recover for their injuries, including pedestrian and bike accidents. We offer free initial consultations, where we will explain your legal rights and options, and help you understand how you can proceed with your case. Our attorneys have recovered more than $2 billion for more than 100,000 clients, with a 95% success rate. We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. Contact us today at 800-333-0000 or to set up an appointment, and learn how we can help you.