As a pedestrian, it’s important to understand your rights when crossing the street. You may assume that drivers will always yield to pedestrians, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, pedestrian accidents occur all too often, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities.
Thankfully, the law provides some protection to pedestrians in crosswalks. Here are some key things to know about pedestrian rights in a crosswalk:
- The driver must yield to you. In nearly every case, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. This means that they must come to a complete stop and wait until you have safely crossed the street. If a driver fails to yield to you, they may be liable for any injuries or damages you incur as a result.
- Use marked crosswalks whenever possible. While pedestrians generally have the right of way, it’s often best to use marked crosswalks when possible. This way, drivers are more likely to be aware of your presence and anticipate your crossing.
- Look both ways before crossing. Even if you have the right of way, it’s important to look both ways before crossing the street. Drivers may be distracted or may not see you, so it’s always best to be cautious.
- Increase your visibility. If you’re walking at night or in low light conditions, consider wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight. This can make it easier for drivers to see you and can reduce the risk of accidents.
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, it’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and can help you pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages.
At Dixon Law Office, we understand the challenges that pedestrians face when crossing the street. If you’ve been injured in a crosswalk accident, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.