Pedestrian Rights-of-Way & Accidents
When motorists, as well as pedestrians, understand pedestrian rights-of-way in New York, the risks that pedestrian accidents will occur can be minimized while lives can be saved. Below is a look at some of the more significant aspects of pedestrian rights-of-way in New York, according to New York state traffic laws.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact experienced Kingston Pedestrian Accident Attorney Charles N. Rock for professional advice and honest answers regarding your best options for financial recovery.
Pedestrian Rights-of-Way in New York: An Overview
- Pedestrian Rights-of-Way in Crosswalks – When no traffic signals are present, vehicles are legally required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. This means that:
- Motorists in passenger vehicles are required to stop when pedestrians are crossing the street.
- Motorists behind stopped vehicles that are yielding to pedestrians are also required to come to a stop (i.e., are not legally permitted to overtake or pass the stopped vehicle).
- It’s generally illegal for pedestrians to suddenly leave a “place of safety” (like a curb) and put themselves in vehicles’ paths when vehicles are too close to make safely stopping practical.
- Pedestrian rights-of-way on sidewalks – When drivers are entering or leaving driveways, alleys or any roadways/areas that cross the paths of sidewalks, the drivers are legally obligated to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who may be approaching and/or crossing the sidewalk area in front of the vehicle.Additionally, if sidewalks are present and can be safely used (because, for instance, they are not closed or under construction), pedestrians are required to use them, and walking on the roadway, instead of a safe, available sidewalk, is generally against the law.
- Pedestrian rights-of-way at places other than crosswalks – When pedestrians need to cross roadways outside of designated crosswalks or where there are pedestrian tunnels (or overhead pedestrian crossings) available, they are legally required to yield the right-of-way to any vehicles on the road.Additionally, pedestrians are not legally allowed to cross intersecting roadways diagonally unless there are designated traffic-control devices in place permitting such crossings; in these cases, pedestrians are required to follow the direction of the traffic-control devices that are present.
There are various other stipulations to pedestrian rights-of-way in New York, such the rules regarding the rights-of-way for blind pedestrians and when pedestrians can walk along roadsides.
While more details about pedestrian rights-of-way in New York can be obtained from the New York Department of Transportation, if you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact Kingston Pedestrian Accident Attorney Charles N. Rock for advice regarding your best options for financial recovery.
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