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Understanding Pedestrian vs. Vehicle Right of Way

Pedestrians are the most at risk for severe injuries when negligence arises on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t abide by laws regarding the right of way. Pedestrians deserve to stay safe whenever they’re legally crossing the street. Whenever a driver is negligent, the pedestrian can hold them accountable for the damages they sustain.

When the Pedestrians Have the Right of Way

Pedestrians often control their own safety. They should cross streets at legal crosswalks and watch closely for negligent drivers. However, while pedestrians may know when they have the right of way, drivers may not take steps to keep everyone safe.

Motorists must yield to pedestrians if the pedestrian is crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk. This can include traffic signals, stop signs, traffic lights, and more. Even if the grown isn’t marked as a crosswalk, but it’s a location where a pedestrian is designated to cross, the driver must yield.

Also, pedestrians should never be concerned when they’re on sidewalks or in designated walking areas. If a driver swerves and collides with a pedestrian, they can be held accountable.

When the Drivers Have the Right of Way

Should a pedestrian try to cross the street where no crosswalk is present, they must yield to drivers. In any case, lawyers need to look for all possible causes. If the driver had the right of way but they were speeding, distracted, or swerved toward a pedestrian, they can be held accountable for the damages the pedestrian sustains.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we work to provide a high level of care when our clients need it most. It’s our utmost priority to safeguard your rights and best interests. Trust that our Des Moines pedestrian accident lawyers will be there for you every step of the way. Let us be the voice you need.

Call us today at (515) 705-0233 for a free consultation.

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