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Where Can Pedestrians Cross Legally?

Pedestrian Crossings

Our roads are used, in one way or another, by everyone. Whether you drive a car, order food to be delivered, walk, or ride a non-motorized vehicle, our roads are used to help us accomplish what we need to accomplish. Using these roads all come with certain rules of operation and use, and it's important that everyone follow the rules set forth by officials to ensure that everyone is safe who uses these roads.

For pedestrians, one of the rules of the road specifies where they can and cannot cross a street. These rules are in place for multiple reasons: one, it limits the places that crossings can happen; two, it allows for drivers to anticipate where pedestrians may be on the road; and three, it allows the street to be as clear and as safe as possible, limiting the possible accidents that could occur on the road. When these rules are ignored or otherwise disregarded by others on the road, it opens up the possibility of accidents and injuries to occur, which will cause victims serious pain and medical bills in their life.

Where is it Safe for Pedestrians to Cross?

Pedestrian crossings are very simple to navigate once you know where to look, and these crossings work to help us cross the street safely and hopefully avoid an accident. For pedestrians, it's safe to cross at:

crosswalk 4.jpgDesignated crosswalks: Designated crosswalks can be seen all over. Typically, they are seen at busy intersections and near schools, but they can also be found midway through a street as well if there is a popular business or building many pedestrians wish to get to with ease. Crosswalks are painted on the road, so it's important to stay within the painted lines to ensure you will be safe as you cross the street. If you are in a crosswalk and a vehicle strikes you because they are intruding upon your right-of-way, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Corners of streets: Not every area has crosswalks established for pedestrians. When this is the case, pedestrians can look to cross at any street corner that is nearby. As with crosswalks, it's important to look around before crossing to ensure that you are not impeding any oncoming traffic. Even though there is no crosswalk there, drivers should be aware that pedestrians have the right to cross at these corners, and so they should yield to you if you are crossing the street first without you impeding that driver's right-of-way.

Intersections: This is similar to street corners, but pedestrians may cross at intersections even though there is no crosswalk there. The disclaimer to this rule is that if there are crosswalks going across some of the streets at an intersection but not others, only walk where the crosswalks are. When you walk outside of these designated crossing areas, it can cause you to be hit since drivers do not expect you to be there. Always be sure you're being as safe as possible as you cross; that way, you limit the chances of an accident.

New York and New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

When a pedestrian is hit by a car as they legally cross the street, they can be left injured and in a bad shape. While we all hope to never end up in these accidents, it's important to know that we have rights when they occur. At the Law Offices of Robert A. Solomon of Metro Law, we can represent you after a vehicle accident case, and we will work hard to give you the help you need to win your case and get the compensation you need and deserve. Call our office today to see how we can assist you at (800) 469-6476.

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