I got hit crossing the street, now what?
You always hear on the news every couple of days a pedestrian was injured or killed. The cause of this is because of out of control of unaware drivers that hit them while they are along the road. Even sometimes it can be a person that was jogging without protective gear or maybe because the driver was drunk. These type of accidents unfortunately happen often. It’s highly recommended to know how to protect yourself and also what to do if you have been injured in an accident. The next step for after getting hit in an accident is to call a personal injury attorney in Mesa, Arizona. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Arizona Pedestrian Law
By Arizona law (A.R.S. § 28-792), pedestrians have an obligation to never, “suddenly leave any curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.” Also, if the traffic signals are not working “the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way” to the “pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.“
You may always hear that pedestrians always have the right away. Not true, pedestrians do not always have the right away when crossing streets, it is simply a key aspect to avoiding pedestrian accidents. The pedestrian’s right of way is actually very limited to crossing the street properly by crossing at an intersection with traffic control signals. Which this means the pedestrian must obey the signals and being within a crosswalk doesn’t excuse violating the signals.
Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
With the obvious lines to designate a pedestrian path, some are marked and some are unmarked. You can always find marked crosswalks at intersections and often at other places. You can find unmarked crosswalks only in intersections as a type of extension of the side walk across the street. By Arizona law it is defined: “The portion of a street between the curb lines or edges of the road and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians.
How to be a good Pedestrian:
- Be cautious.
- Stay alert when crossing streets at busy intersections.
- Wear brights reflective clothing to increase your visibility to cars and trucks.
- Only cross at designated crosswalks if possible.
- Don’t assume being in a crosswalk means you are safe.
- Walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming cars and so they can see you if there are no sidewalks where you are walking.
- Teach your children to look in both directions before crossing streets.
- Carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing that will catch headlights if you are walking at night.
- Make sure you can hear the road and everything on the road, including cars approaching from behind.
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