Q: Where should pedestrians safely walk or jog on highways?

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When no sidewalk is available, pedestrians should safely walk along the left side of the roadway or shoulder facing traffic approaching from the other direction.

A: Pedestrians and joggers should utilize a sidewalk when a sidewalk is available.

When no sidewalk is available, pedestrians should safely walk along the left side of the roadway or shoulder facing traffic approaching from the other direction. When a vehicle approaches, the pedestrian should move as far to the left as practicable.

Pedestrians are required to use sidewalks where they are provided and safe to use. When sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian is required to walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic [Section 1156-b, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

Follow the Pedestrian “Rules of the Road”

Just like motorists, pedestrians are expected to follow certain rules of the road, including:

  • Pedestrians are to use sidewalks whenever they are safely available.
  • When sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians must walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and/or traffic officers.
  • At crosswalks where there isn’t a traffic control signal or officer, pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • If there aren’t any crosswalks, signs or signals, the pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.
  • Regardless of the right-of-way, the driver is required by law to take great care to avoid “hitting” pedestrians.

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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