When do vehicles have to yield to pedestrians?

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries or death of the pedestrian, but it is everyone’s responsibility on the road to watch out for people in the roadway. According to the New York State website, the law requires both drivers and pedestrians to follow the law to keep everyone safe and prevent accidents.

The pedestrian laws in the state specify the right of way rules, which can help to prevent incidents.

Intersections and crosswalks

At intersections, pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the street the majority of the time. They always have the right of way when they are in an intersection. However, at intersections with no marked crosswalk, they still have the right of way.

An exception is when you have pedestrian signals. In that situation, you only have the right of way when your signal gives the sign to walk.

As a driver, you must always watch out for people walking across the road. You should always yield to them regardless of the situation.

Common sense

Regardless of who has the right of way, it is good common sense for pedestrians to always watch out for traffic. It is not reasonable to walk into traffic when vehicles will be unable to stop. You will always lose in that situation.

In addition, as a driver, you must be alert for pedestrians at all times. This includes when pulling out of a driveway or turning left. You have the responsibility to protect them.

It is also worth noting that children may not understand all the rules of the road. They will follow pedestrian signals and crosswalks without much concern. As a driver, you must watch out for these vulnerable youngsters and always give them the right of way when possible.

Right of way is important if there is an accident as it will often determine who was at fault.