Attorney Mason Rashtian | Pedestrian and Car Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Personal Injury Attorney

Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations reveal that in 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States.  During the same time period, another 69,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents across the country.   When these numbers are broken down, they reveals that on average, 1 pedestrian is killed in traffic accidents every 2 hours and 1 pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes.

What are the major causes of these accidents?  What rights do pedestrians have when they are injured?

Pedestrian Accidents at Marked and Unmarked Crosswalks

Several Vehicle Code sections have been enacted to protect pedestrian rights.  One of those, California Vehicle Code Section 21950, was enacted to protect pedestrians in crosswalks.

As set forth under this section, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.  The right is given to all pedestrians within a “marked crosswalk” and within an “unmarked crosswalk”.  So, under the law, a pedestrian using an “unmarked crosswalk” at an intersection is given the same rights as a pedestrian using a “marked crosswalk.”

Pedestrians Struck on Sidewalks

Under California Vehicle Code Section 21952, pedestrians on sidewalks generally have the right-of-way over motorists.  So, when a motorist gets too eager and tries to enter or exit a shopping center and in the process strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian is the one with the right-of-way.

Vehicles Stopped at Crosswalks

Sometimes, a motorist will fail to see a pedestrian in the crosswalk because there is another car stopped in front of the crosswalk that blocks the motorist’s view of the crosswalk.  Under California Vehicle Code Section 21951, when a vehicle is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross, any motorist approaching the crosswalk must not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.  So, drivers approaching an intersection where another car is stopped, should slow down and be aware of possible pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Attorney Mason Rashtian is the managing partner of The Mason Law Firm, dedicated to protecting personal injury victims.  If you have been injured because of someone else acted negligently or carelessly, please feel free to contact us for an honest assessment of your case.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.  You can contact us at (800) 577-0149, (661) 362-0805 or (818) 700-8422.  You can also visit our website at:


Mason Rashtian | Personal Injury Attorney | Who Was Involved in the First Car Accident?

Ever wondered when the first car accident occurred?  How did it happen?  Who was the driver?

According to some source, the world’s first car accident occurred in 1891 in Ohio City, Ohio.  The driver given this distinction was named James William Lambert.

Mr. Lambert has apparently driving a single-cylinder gasoline automobile.  He had a passenger named James Swoveland.  The accident occurred when Mr. Lambert struck a tree root, causing his car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post.

The injuries in this accident were apparently minor.  Mr. Lambert went on to patent over 600 inventions, mostly affiliated with the auto industry.

For questions about accidents, please feel free to contact us at (800) 577-0149, (661) 362-0805, or (818) 700-8422.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

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SCV and SFV Personal Injury Attorney | Mason Rashtian | The Mason Law Firm

Mason Rashtian is an experienced litigator who has represented clients since 1997.  As an attorney, Mr. Rashtian has successfully represented clients throughout the State of California including, but not limited to, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Kern County, Orange County, Santa Barbara County, San Francisco, the Inland Empire, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.

Mason Rashtian is also “AV” Rated with Martindale-Hubble, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve in both legal ability and ethics.  Mason Rashtian now manages The Mason Law Firm, a litigation firm that specializes in personal injury matters, including, but not limited to,

  • Car accidents;
  • Truck accidents;
  • Bus accidents;
  • Construction site accidents;
  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Pedestrian accidents;
  • Bicycle accidents;
  • Slip and falls;
  • Dog bites;
  • Burn Injuries;
  • Train Accidents; and
  • Wrongful Death.

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