Crosswalk Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are among the most dangerous traffic accidents. After all, when you are on foot, there is absolutely nothing to protect you from the impact of an accident. As such, the damages associated with these accidents are often immense. If a motorist leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, a skilled Round Rock personal injury lawyer will help ensure that you receive the compensation you are not only entitled to but also need to obtain your most complete recovery.
Pedestrian Rules of the Road
When you cross the road on foot, you share that road with vehicles that are many, many times larger and heavier than you are. Even a minor accident – in such circumstances – can be deadly. The fact is that both drivers and pedestrians are bound by specific rules of the road. You are always safer when you abide by the pedestrian rules of the road, including:
- If a sidewalk is available, you must use it.
- If pedestrian signals are present at a crosswalk, you must follow them. If the signal changes while you remain in the crosswalk, quickly make your way to a safety island or to the other side of the road, whichever is closest to you.
- If you must walk on a highway in Texas, cede the right-of-way to traffic.
Drivers and pedestrians alike are responsible for exercising reasonable caution to help everyone stay safer on our roadways.
Rules of the Road for Drivers
Drivers operate fast, heavy vehicles that offer them protection but that represent an extreme danger for anyone who is on foot. Motorists, as such, much always proceed with caution – regardless of whether they have the right-of-way or not. While there are rules and regulations in place for pedestrians, they are so vulnerable to injury that it behooves motorists to always err on the side of caution. Finally, there are instances in which pedestrians always have the right-of-way, including:
- When a motorist is leaving an alley, a parking lot or ramp, a private road, or driveway, and is preparing to enter or cross the road ahead, any approaching pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
- When a pedestrian is following a pedestrian signal in a crosswalk, he or she has the right-of-way.
- When a pedestrian is crossing the street in front of a motorist – either at a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk – that pedestrian has the right-of-way when he or she is on the same half of the road as the motorist and when he or she is approaching the motorist’s side of the road.
If a Motorist Leaves You Injured in a Pedestrian Accident, Consult with an Experienced Round Rock Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a pedestrian accident, attorney Elissa Henry at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC – proudly serving Round Rock, Texas – is committed to helping you obtain the compensation you need to make your fullest recovery. Our dedicated legal team is here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (512) 766-4529 for more information today.