Every year, more than 4,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents. More than 4,000 families grieve the loss of their sons and daughters, their wives and husbands. Many of these accidents were caused by vehicles. Others were caused by the pedestrians. But no matter the cause, these deaths are a tragedy.
At Martinson & Beason, P.C., our pedestrian accident attorneys have seen the toll that injuries and deaths can take on pedestrians and their families. We want to educate the public on pedestrian safety.
Everyone has been a pedestrian at some point, which is why it is important for you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian.
Under Alabama law, pedestrians are required to obey traffic laws and traffic-control devices. This means that pedestrians must follow “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” crosswalk signals and other traffic signals.
Pedestrians should use crosswalks when available. When at an adjacent intersection that has traffic-control signals, using the crosswalk is required. Pedestrians are prohibited from crossing an intersection diagonally unless authorized.
When a pedestrian is crossing at a crosswalk, he or she has the right of way, and cars must slow down or stop.
However, when a crosswalk is not available, or when a pedestrian is crossing at a point other than a crosswalk, vehicles have the right of way. The pedestrian must wait for a break in traffic before crossing the road.
By obeying traffic laws and following the old adage “look both ways before you cross the street,” pedestrians can reduce their risk of an accident.
Unfortunately, while pedestrians can be as safe as possible, some accidents can’t be avoided. Drivers that are distracted, drunk, or otherwise careless cause thousands of accidents each year, and even the most responsible pedestrian can be injured or killed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a careless driver, we want to help you. The personal injury lawyers at our firm are here to answer your questions, let you know your options, and protect your rights. We will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.