LEGAL DUTY: What special duty is owed to me as a pedestrian from a motor vehicle driver?

California law imposes a duty on a motor vehicle driver to exercise "reasonable care under the circumstances."  Any failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence, and the law imposes an even higher duty when it comes to children.  Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the greatest risk of being hit by a motor vehicle; thus, motorists must exercise a greater degree of reasonable care when they know, or when they should know, they are driving in an area with children present or at play.  For example, school zones or residential districts.