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What Are My Pedestrian Rights?


Pedestrians have rights when they are using crosswalks, but car drivers do not always abide by the rules designed to protect people walking across a street.

An example of a pedestrian right-of way is that vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians when there are no signals at a crosswalk or if the signals are broken and not working, but there are times when vehicles have the right-of-way, too. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and have a question, contact the Bucks County personal injury attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand today.

Who Has the Right-of-Way?

There are times when vehicles have the right-of way. For example, if there is no crosswalk, moving cars and trucks have the right-of way. So, when there is a designed walkway, either overhead bridge or a tunnel under the road, pedestrians should use those paths. Crossing a street where there is no marked crosswalk is dangerous.

Pedestrians are also not allowed to walk within the road. By law, car drivers have the right-of-way and walkers should be using sidewalks. If a sidewalk is not available, the shoulder of the road should be used, if needed.

That said, pedestrians do have the right-of-way when they are following signals and crossing at a crosswalk. Walking against a signal is a violation.

What Are the Penalties for Violations?

When drivers and pedestrians do not follow the rules of the road they are putting themselves in danger of physical injuries and civil penalties.

In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey there are penalties for wrongdoing. If a police officer is present when a driver violates the rules, a driver should receive community service, points on their driver’s license, and a fine. For pedestrians, tickets can be issued. And this is solely on a violation being witnessed by law enforcement. If there is an accident as a result of the violations, there is liability to consider as well.

Pedestrian injuries that could result in personal injury claims include:

  • Bumps and bruises
  • Scratches and cuts
  • Sprains and strains
  • Pulled and torn muscles
  • Bone breaks
  • Head and shoulder injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries and death

Stay Safe and Protect Your Rights

Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings when using roads, pedestrians and motorists alike. When you are crossing a road on foot, always look both ways, even in circumstances when you have the right-of-way. Staying alert, being sure you are not looking at your phone or texting while walking, can help in avoiding injuries.

When a pedestrian accident happens, there can be questions about legal rights, liability, and how to file a claim. A Pennsylvania accident attorney can provide answers.

Were you hit by a vehicle when you were crossing the street? Do you have questions about who is liable for your injuries? Let our lawyers take care of the details so you can focus on healing. Call the lawyers at Kardos, Rickles & Hand today and learn more about your rights to compensation after a pedestrian accident. Schedule your consultation today, call 215-968-6602.


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