Q: Who has the right of way, pedestrians or bicyclists?

A: When traffic-control signals are not in place, bicyclists must yield to pedestrians crossing the roadway within a crosswalk. However, if there is not a crosswalk, pedestrians are required to yield to all vehicles on the roadway.

Pedestrian “Rules of the Road” from the Governors Traffic Safety Committtee: 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.Who has the right of way? Pedestrians of bicyclists?

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