Q: Do drivers always have to stop for me in a crosswalk?

A: When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

In addition, every driver approaching an intersection or pedestrian crossing must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or using a white or metallic cane.When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

New York traffic law also says: “whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.”

A driver who fails to yield to pedestrians in a crossing violates the vehicle and traffic law and thereby a community safety rule, endangering the pedestrians lawfully crossing the street.

If you are are injured in a car accident while walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Skilled legal representation can help make sure you are compensated to the fullest extent possible, whether you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or settle out-of-court. If you are injured in the Capital Region – in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga or elsewhere in the Capital District – please call the personal injury lawyers of Lamarche Safranko Law PLLC  for a free consultation.

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