Injured Pedestrians


Kudos to all the active folks out there.  Walking or running does improve one’s sense of health and well-being.  No one expects the unexpected…the inattentive driver who texts while driving or backs without looking.  Electric cars may unintentionally compound the situation with a 5000-pound vehicle silently maneuvering through parking lots.

California law is clear…very clear.  Every driver of a motor vehicle must keep a proper lookout and pay attention to the roadway, including pedestrians.  Johnson v. Johnson (1948) 84 Cal. App 2 nd  271.

Debra A. Newby has helped a multitude of injured pedestrians obtain the justice and closure they deserve.  An avid walker and hiker herself, she intuitively understands the dynamics of a motor vehicle versus pedestrian injury.

Client Review
“Don’t let that sweet Southern impression fool you into thinking she can’t play with the big boys!  Debra is as tough as they come when needed, but always fair and respectful.  She will gently guide you through what may be one of the worst experiences you will ever have.  Debra went above and beyond what should be expected of any lawyer when I was hit while walking my dog.” — Tracy L.

Tips for Pedestrians

  • As simple as it sounds, always look every way and then pause before entering a crosswalk or intersection. Even though California Vehicle Code section 19150 requires a driver to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, I’d rather you be safe than be right.
  • Make sure you have the maximum UM/UIM (Uninsured/Underinsured) coverage on your automobile insurance policy in case you are hit by an uninsured driver or a hit-and-run driver.

Contact Us

Call Newby Law at 707-303-5062 to schedule your FREE consultation.  And remember, do not talk to the party who injured you or their insurance company until you first consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer like Debra A. Newby.