Have you ever walked down the street in Raleigh, North Carolina when you find you need to cross at one of those busy intersections? Are you one of those people that think that all pedestrians have the right of way when they are crossing the street? Or are you one of those people who will cross a busy street without paying attention because you believe it is the car driver’s duty to watch out for you? If so, then this blog is for you.
Many people are surprised to learn that pedestrians do not have carte blanche when it comes to walking across a street. So, what exactly are your rights as a pedestrian? Basically, pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections regardless if there is a marked crosswalk. However, if the intersection is regulated by lighted signals (WALK and DON’T WALK), you must obey the signals showing. In any other circumstances, as a pedestrian, you must yield the right of way to vehicles.
As a safety reminder, if you are walking along a road or street, take the following safety measures:
- Always walk against oncoming traffic so you can see vehicles as they come towards you and perhaps have the ability to take evasive action.
- Always use a sidewalk if provided. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far away from the roadway as possible. Never walk on the asphalt of the road.
- If walking at night, wear light colored clothing or preferably a reflective vest.
- If walking with children, keep a firm hold of their hand so they do not dart out into the street.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street to ensure your move can be made safely. Again, if you are near an intersection, cross in the designated crosswalk and use the lighted signals for direction.
- If you are a passenger in a car and exiting onto the road way, always get out on the curb side of the vehicle.
Safety should always be at the top of your mind if you are walking near a roadway or street. If you are hit by a car, the chances of you escaping without serious injury or even death are low. If you or someone you know has been injured as a pedestrian, then feel free to contact us to answer any of your questions. Even if you do not have a claim, you may be entitled to medpay coverage and we can advise you on how to collect that as well.