July 30, 2020

Another Vehicle Ran a Stop Sign and Hit Me: LA Car Accident Lawyer

Here in California, we are all too familiar with the “California Roll” where drivers merely slow down at a stop sign and just “roll” through. While this is illegal and dangerous, it still is better than other motorists who continue straight through a stop sign intersection without slowing or stopping.  Unfortunately, running a stop sign is a significant cause of accidents and can lead to devastating injuries. Our Los Angeles stop sign accident lawyer explains.

People who run stop signs do so for a variety of reasons from reckless driving to driver error to sign obstruction and weather. But in each case, there remains the possibility of injury to the parties involved.

Running a stop sign is against the law under California Vehicle Code section 22450. If you have been hit by a driver who has run a stop sign, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or other damages under the concept of negligence per se. This legal doctrine allows a victim to automatically hold a defendant liable for violating a statute that is meant to protect the victim from the very harm that occurred.

Of course, as in all matters of personal injury liability, it requires proof. And that can be the tricky part because most stop sign accidents involve allegations made against both motorists. Witnesses, surveillance tapes, and even vehicle black boxes may help establish proof.

The driver who does not have the right-of-way at a stop sign will typically be liable for a stop sign accident. But these accidents often happen when both parties believe that they have the right of way. Right of way will vary upon the circumstance and the intersection. If you have been involved in an accident where the other driver ran a stop sign, it is important to seek the advice of a Los Angeles stop sign accident lawyer to understand your rights. For more information and a FREE case review, contact us today at (888) 588-1777.  We are ready and willing to help.