Q: Where should I cross if there is no crosswalk?

A: Pedestrians should always try to utilize crosswalks when available, but id there is no crosswalk, pedestrians are required to yield to all vehicles on the roadway before crossing.

Even a crosswalk requires care

A study published in 2013 found that pedestrians struck by cars in New York City were most often hit while in the crosswalk, with the signal on their side. Conducted by a team of trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center, the study found that the awareness level of the injured pedestrian or cyclist had been compromised in some of the accidents. Among patients 18 and older, 15 percent of pedestrians and 11 percent of cyclists were found to have consumed alcohol before the collision.

About 8 percent of both pedestrians and cyclists said they were injured while using an electronic device, including a cellphone or music player. For victims ages 7 to 17, the numbers climbed to more than 10 percent of pedestrians and nearly 30 percent of cyclists.

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 is a traffic control signal or officer, pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • If there is no crosswalk, sign or signal, 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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