Monroe Pedestrian Injury Attorney Explains Crosswalk Accidents
On a yearly basis, thousands of pedestrians are hurt or even killed in crosswalk accidents. The people who are driving the vehicles that hit pedestrians are often quick to claim that the pedestrian just “came out of nowhere,” or that he or she walked out in front of the vehicle, or that he or she entered the crosswalk against the light. However, regardless of the circumstances that led to your pedestrian accident, you should speak to an experienced Monroe pedestrian injury attorney as soon as possible.
Your attorney will tell you that a lot of drivers are oblivious to the laws and rights of pedestrians. In New York and many other states, the law clearly states that the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is crossing the road within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. However, people crossing the street, regardless of whether they are at a crosswalk, must do so when there are no cars within a distance that would create a danger to the person who is attempting to cross the street.
Simply put, this means that you cannot step off of the curb directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle and expect not to be in danger or think that you will automatically have a case against the driver. Further, if a person chooses to cross the street at a place other than an intersection or a crosswalk, he or she must yield to the vehicles on the road. You can get more input about the circumstances of your accident from an Monroe pedestrian injury attorney, Michael Meth.
In general, one of the most common crosswalk accidents is a driver who is turning right, but looking left for traffic, and hits the pedestrian on his or her right. Moreover, kids and senior citizens are the most common victims because the children are usually less aware and the elderly are usually unable to move out of the way quickly. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian crosswalk accident and you need an Monroe pedestrian injury attorney, please call Michael at (845) 469-9529 for a free initial consultation.