Do You Really Have to Stop for Pedestrians at A Crosswalk?
Importance of Crosswalks for Pedestrians
Most major streets in major cities have crosswalks. Crosswalks are there to ensure that people are safe while crossing the street. People properly using the crosswalk expect to not get hit by cars, motorcycles, buses, and any other motor vehicle.
Failure to Stop at a Crosswalk
Unfortunately, some people don’t observe the rule to keep the crosswalk clear and safe—you might be an offender of this rule yourself. You might have been driving too fast and slowed down just quick enough to make a complete stop on top of the crosswalk. It happens.
Drivers get frustrated when the person crossing the street walks too slow or drops something in the middle of the road and have to stop to get it up. However, this is a small price to pay to ensure that all people have a safe way to cross the street.
You Should Yield the Right-of-Way to Pedestrians in a Crosswalk
Stopping at the crosswalk is not optional. In fact, Texas law states that a car must yield to people in a crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk present, then, of course, you are not obligated to stop. If there is a crosswalk, the pedestrian should wait until the road is clear and/or the traffic signal clearing them to walk is up. As a motorist, you owe a duty of care to everyone on the road, including pedestrians.
Making an Effort to Avoid the Accident
In Texas, as in a majority of other states, the person who has the last chance to avoid an accident has to make every effort to do so. If you think rationally about this, a person walking across a crosswalk doesn’t stand a chance against a car or SUV bulldozing its way through the intersection. A pedestrian that is hit by a moving vehicle is going to suffer injuries.
Is the Pedestrian Ever at Fault?
If someone runs out into the road with no warning whatsoever, they can hardly expect a driver to b able to stop in time. A driver can only do so much, especially on busy roads. For the most part, however, it is difficult to find a pedestrian at fault in these sorts of accidents.
Pedestrian at Fault in a Car Accident
There are some rare situations in which the pedestrian can be found at fault, these include:
- The pedestrian is drunk and stumbling into the road
- The pedestrian runs out into the street without warning
- The pedestrian walks against the “Do Not Walk” sign and is careless
- The pedestrian is lying in the middle of the road
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one get hit while at a crosswalk, you may have a claim for damages. An experienced Houston personal injury attorney can review your case and let you know if you have a valid claim. Call to speak with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your case may possibly be worth. You don’t have to face your car accident alone.