What is the Pedestrian Law in New York?

What is the Pedestrian Law in New York?

There are many pedestrians in New York City. Every day, a lot of people utilize the streets, both on foot and in cars, thus accidents do happen.

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident in New York, it’s crucial to understand the pedestrian law in order to protect your rights. New York has specific laws and regulations that govern pedestrian safety and determine liability in such cases.

To navigate through this complex legal landscape, it is highly recommended to seek the assistance of experienced New York pedestrian accident attorneys. They possess the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the legal process and fight for your rightful compensation.

Do Pedestrians have the right of way every time on the New York streets?

People often mistakenly believe that pedestrians have the right of way on public streets. In light of this, it follows that even when a pedestrian is not paying attention, the driver of a car should always yield to them. But is this actually the case?

In some circumstances, a pedestrian in New York has the right of way. Pedestrians always have the right of way at crosswalks, according to state law. Although there may be marked crosswalks, pedestrians always have the right of way whenever there is a junction. However, this does not exempt pedestrians from adhering to the laws.

At intersections with traffic lights, pedestrians are required to abide by electronic signs. They therefore have the right of way and can walk if the sign says it is time to do so. However, they do not have the right of way if there is a “don’t walk” signal.

It is important that both drivers and pedestrians take every precaution to prevent an accident that could result in harm or even death. In the event that something unfortunate occurs, you need to contact New York pedestrian accident attorneys. 

Basic Pedestrian Law in New York

  • When crossing a street, pedestrians are required to abide by all traffic control signals, signs, and surface markings.
  • On expressways and interstates, pedestrians are not permitted.
  • When there is no traffic control signal, automobiles are required to give pedestrians the right-of-way. This is especially true when a crosswalk is present.
  • A pedestrian using a cane or being led by a guiding dog has the right-of-way whenever a motorist is approaching an intersection or a crosswalk.
  • If a crosswalk, sign, or signal are absent in the middle of the street, pedestrians are required to give way to all moving cars.
  • A vehicle approaching or exiting from an alley, building, driveway, or private road/driveway must cede right-of-way while a pedestrian is on the sidewalk.
  • Pedestrians must use the sidewalk if it is present and safe to do so on a road. People must walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there is no sidewalk.

Recovery of Damages in a Pedestrian Accident Claim in New York

Pedestrian accident victims frequently sustain severe injuries. Typically, sufferers of personal injuries incur exorbitant expenses and losses. Someone should not be held accountable for the expenses that result when negligence causes harm to a pedestrian.

You might be able to get the following types of damages with the aid of a New York City pedestrian accident lawyer:

  • Distress and suffering
  • Losing quality of life
  • Present-day medical costs
  • Lost wages and revenues from unpaid absences
  • Permanent or temporary impairment
  • Emotional distress
  • Trauma-related stress disorder
  • Future medical care costs 

The financial losses following a pedestrian accident can be enormous. To get your life back on track as you heal from an accident, you should hire an expert lawyer as soon as you can. Don’t delay! Contact a team of reputable New York pedestrian accident attorneys today at Siler & Ingber to ensure that your rights are protected and justice is served.

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