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New York Pedestrian Laws

An injury caused while crossing a street and being hit by a vehicle or any other type of pedestrian accident may raise questions as to who is at fault for the pedestrian accident and what laws in New York apply to pedestrians and who has the right of way.

Determining who is at fault in any type of accident, including pedestrian accidents, can be important in understanding if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

According to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws the following is true:

  • A pedestrian must obey traffic control signals, signs, and pavement markings when they are crossing the street;
  • Pedestrians are not allowed on expressways or interstate highways;
  • When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, particularly if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, or there is potential danger to the pedestrian;
  • Every driver approaching an intersection or crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or a cane;
  • If there isn't a crosswalk, sign, or signal at mid-block locations, a pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway;
  • The driver of a vehicle, when entering or exiting from an alleyway, building, private road, or driveway must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk;
  • Pedestrians are required to use sidewalks where they are provided and safe to use. When sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian is required to walk on the left hand side of the roadway, facing traffic

Aside from the pedestrian laws in New York stated above there are other circumstances that may contribute to a pedestrian-vehicle accident such as a car jumping the curb, a vehicle being hit by another vehicle causing it to hit a pedestrian either crossing the street or on the sidewalk, or circumstances such as a drunk driver, driver under the influence of drugs or a careless or reckless driver. In all circumstances regardless of who has the "right-of-way" drivers are required by New York law to take great care to avoid hitting pedestrians.

If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a car or if a loved one was hit by a car and was injured it is important to speak with a pedestrian injury lawyer in your area.

To speak with Frank J. Dito Jr. Staten Island pedestrian injury lawyer call 718-701-2776 for immediate help of fill out our online contact form.