Car accidents involving pedestrians take place all too frequently. Uneducated drivers may not realize that a pedestrian has the right of way, resulting in terrible consequences. The lack of knowledge on the subject creates a hazard for both pedestrians and automobiles.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To better inform you of your rights, Attorney Jason Holladay reviews both pedestrian and motor vehicle right-of-way laws in Texas.
According to the Texas Transportation Code, a pedestrian will have the right of way in the following circumstances:
Motor vehicle operators must abide by the rules of the road to allow pedestrians to safely reach their destinations. A driver that is not familiar with the right of way laws is a liability behind the wheel.
A pedestrian must use a sidewalk if one is present. Sidewalks are designed to keep pedestrians and drivers separated.
If there is no sidewalk, then a pedestrian may walk on the left side of the roadway or on the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.
Pedestrians does not always have the right of way. There are circumstances in which the pedestrian must yield the right of way to a motor vehicle.
A pedestrian must yield the right of way to a motor vehicle when:
Pedestrians can take measures to ensure their safety when on or near a roadway by:
Even taking all safety measures, a pedestrian may still be hit crossing the roadway. A pedestrian accident attorney will be able to assess your situation and determine how much your case is worth.
To travel safely, both pedestrians and motor vehicle operators must know when to yield the right of way to one another. Many times, drivers do not give pedestrians the space they need while walking.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident, you need an attorney who will do whatever it takes to win you the compensation you deserve. Contact Holladay Law Firm, PLLC, today to schedule your free consultation.
8777 W. Rayford Road
Spring, TX 77389
21 Waterway Avenue
The Woodlands, Texas 77380