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What duties do motorists have to pedestrians?

It is clear what will win each time in a collision between a person and motor vehicle. Even when moving slowly, the size and weight of a vehicle has the ability to knock a person down, causing injuries. A pedestrian accident is a serious and often fatal collision, making it one of the worst types of accidents on the roadways in New Jersey and elsewhere. In addition, this makes pedestrians vulnerable, whether they are traveling on a sidewalk, parking lot, residential area or crosswalk.

Much like drivers have to follow the rules of the road, pedestrians are obligated to also follow certain rules while walking on or near the roadway. For example, pedestrians are supposed to cross the street when it is safe to do so. This means crossing at a crosswalk when a signal says it is safe to do so. If a crosswalk is not signaled, then when the road is clear of oncoming vehicles or vehicles are stopped. All in all, pedestrians are expected to exercise reasonable care when crossing roadways or walking on the side of the road.

What duties do motorists have to pedestrians? In all situations, motorists are expected to exercise reasonable care given the circumstances they are in. For example, when approaching a crosswalk, a driver is expected to stop or yield to a pedestrian. This means that a motorist should be on the lookout pedestrians that could be crossing the street. This is also true for motorists turning at an intersection. A pedestrian may be crossing the street, and the motorist must yield to them.

When a driver is on the phone, speeding or under the influence of alcohol, it can be difficult to follow the rules of the road. Being inattentive, reckless or negligent causes a motorist to no longer uphold his or her duty to drive safe, thus, causing an accident. Pedestrian accident could result in serious injuries and much damages. Therefore, it is important for injured pedestrians to understand their rights. Filing a personal injury action could help with the recovery for compensation for losses and damages suffered.

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