California Stop Sign Laws And Accidents

August 2, 2019
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One of the most common traffic tickets written in California is for drivers who disregard stop signs and just roll through it.

The law is such that drivers (motorcyclists, Uber drivers, trucks, etc.) are supposed to make a clear stop at each and every stop sign they come to, but most don’t which makes some roads in Los Angeles even more dangerous.

Many drivers slow down as they approach a stop sign, but when they don’t see another car or police officer they just cruise through the stop sign like it’s no big deal.

This is very dangerous because there could be a person riding an electric scooter or electric bike, a pedestrian, bicyclist, or even another car coming that the driver just didn’t see clearly in the sun or whatever.

There are almost 70,000 accidents each year in the USA due to a person running a stop sign and almost 30% of those accidents result in injuries.

The majority of these accidents and injuries could be avoided if people just followed the laws.

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Common Injuries from Stop Sign Accidents

Most stop sign accidents happen when both drivers think they have the right of way, or because one driver was just careless and didn’t check all ways before proceeding.

The only thing positive about a stop sign accident is that most of the time the cars involved are either stopped or going at a very slow speed.

A stop sign collision usually results in some type of injury to either the driver or the passengers, or sometimes both.

If the cars are driving slow then the injuries are typically minor like cuts and scratches, or maybe a broken finger etc., but when either of the cars are driving at a higher rate of speed then of course the injuries become much more severe.

These types of injuries would include –

Legal Liability For Stop Sign Accidents

More often than not, the driver without the right of way is responsible for stop sign accidents (but not always).

California Vehicle Code 22450 VC states that drivers must stop at stop signs. 

  • A. “the driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within an intersection should stop at the limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there isn’t a crosswalk line or limit line before the crosswalk, then the driver has to make a stop just before the beginning of the intersecting roadway.”
  • B. “the driver of an automobile approaching a stop sign at a railroad grade crossing needs to stop at a limit line if marked, otherwise before crossing the first track or entrance to the railroad grade crossing.”
  • C. “notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local authority could adopt any rules or regulations by ordinance providing for the placement of a stop sign at any location on a highway under its jurisdiction where the stop sign would enhance overall safety of drivers and citizens.

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Who’s At Fault For a Stop Sign Accident

There are so many scenarios that happen with stop sign accidents, that each individual accident must be taken as an isolated incident.

This is why it’s important to call the police (hoping the police report doesn’t end up wrong) and try to document the accident scene the best you can by taking photos, talking to witnesses, etc. etc.

You might have been hit by a driver without car insurance or even a drivers license, and these are more reasons why you want a great California injury attorney on your side.

Insurance companies have their own way of determining who is at fault for car accidents, as do the police, but our law firm will do our own investigation if need be.

You don’t want to fight the legal system and insurance companies by yourself if you’ve been injured, so call Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation.

Did You Both Stop

If you came to a 4 way stop at the same time as another motorist and you both drove forward at the same time it can be confusing when it comes to blame.

Normally it comes down to who hide the right of way. If two vehicles come to an intersection at the same time, then the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.

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Were You On a Through Street

It can happen where the other driver came to a complete stop at the stop sign in front of them, but decided to drive forward and then collided with your vehicle.

If you were driving on a through street (you had no stop sign) then you had the right of way.

In this instance the other driver had the responsibility to stop until they knew the road was clear.

Did You Run a Stop Sign

If you were driving and you failed to stop at a stop sign, then you are going to be responsible for the accident (at least to some degree).

If the other driver clearly had the right of way, then you will be held completely liable.

There are instances where you and the other driver could both be partially at fault, and if this is the situation it can take some time to determine liability.

These types of situations are difficult, and if you’ve been injured then you’ll want to contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim today to get answers.

Did the other driver fail to stop

If you were hit by another driver that blatantly ran a stop sign, there is a good chance that the accident will be considered to be the other drivers fault..

Driving through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop is definitely illegal.

Many times in this instance the other driver (the guilty party) will try to argue that you were also in the wrong because they don’t want to take 100% of the blame.

Is a Rolling Stop In California Legal

The short answer is that a rolling stop is not legal, and you are at risk of getting a ticket if you don’t make a complete stop when you come to a stop sign.

Commonly referred to as a “California Stop”, it has become very common for all California drivers (not just teenage drivers) to basically ignore a stop sign if they don’t think it’s important to slow down, and completely stop.

how much is a stop sign ticket

How Much is a A Stop Sign Ticket in California

Research shows that the average fine for running a stop sign is about $150, but most often people will contest the penalty in court.

If you feel you have a strong case and you didn’t run the stop sign, then by all means you should fight the ticket because the more traffic tickets you get the more points you’ll accumulate on your driving record.

Causes For Stop Sign Accidents

Daniel Kim and his team have years of experience, and we have dealt with our fair share of automobile accidents that involved a stop sign.

Below is a list of the most common causes behind stop sign accidents –

Distracted driver – people who are using cell phones texting, or drivers who are negligently driving past a stop sign because they don’t care. This type of incident can cause a bad accident at the intersection. Uber and Lyft drivers, and delivery drivers for Postmates or Amazon or known for this because they are in a hurry and on the clock.

Weather – things like snow and the suns reflection, or fog can make it hard to see the stop sign, which adds to the danger of driving in Orange County.

Driver error – this happens often when a driver thinks he is at a 4 way stop (or All Way Stop) sign, rather than a 2 way stop. In turn the driver cruises past the stop sign at the same time as another truck or car driving through the intersection and causes an accident.

Obstruction – if the stop sign is blocked by trees, bushes, city vehicle, or maybe just a parked vehicle that has broken down. All this can make it hard to see the actual stop sign.

Two drivers believe they have right of way – commonly happens with teenagers or drivers unfamiliar with all the traffic laws. Then as each driver accelerates past their stop sign both cars collide and suddenly you have another traffic accident (potentially with injuries).

 

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