It seems like every time you read the local news, there is another report of someone getting hit by a car. As a pedestrian, here are the laws that protect you:
- At crosswalks with pedestrian signals, state law requires that pedestrians obey the “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signs in the same way a driver must obey Red or Green lights.
- State law requires pedestrians to use marked crosswalks when they are provided, and it is unlawful to cross a street outside a marked crosswalk if the pedestrian is between two signalized intersections.
- When NOT at an intersection or marked crosswalk, pedestrians must yield the right of way to all vehicles.
- When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians are to walk to the far left edge of the road facing traffic. Walking in this direction gives pedestrians the best view of traffic.
- State law requires pedestrians walking along the road to use sidewalks when available.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at marked and unmarked crossings, meaning cars must yield to pedestrians.
If you are involved in a pedestrian crash, the experienced New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm can help you with your claim.