Pedestrian Safety: Respect the Crosswalk October 26, 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized

pedestrian safetyBoth pedestrians and drivers should pay special attention to crosswalks. Pedestrians have a duty to obey traffic rules just like drivers do. This means paying attention to traffic signals and road markings that show where it is safe to cross and crossing only at crosswalks and intersections where traffic signals indicate it is safe to do so.

Drivers have an increased duty to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to take every precaution not to injure a pedestrian. The South Carolina Drivers’ Manual advises drivers to slow down and be prepared to stop if they see a person or vehicle near the side of the road.

Pedestrians are prohibited from being in certain areas like freeways and must yield to emergency vehicles. They are expected to walk within sidewalks if they are available. When a pedestrian fails to exercise due care or is in an area where pedestrians are not authorized to be, liability for an accident involving a pedestrian will depend on whether or not a driver was exercising reasonable care and could have prevented the accident.

A person injured in a car accident that was not their fault may consider speaking to a Greenville personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer Greenville SC may be able to help a car accident victim file a claim for damages against the person who was responsible for the accident.

In some cases, the defendant may argue that the plaintiff was responsible for the accident. For example, in a case involving a pedestrian a driver may argue that the pedestrian darted out in front of them and that the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.

If an attentive driver could have stopped in time, an attorney may be able to argue that the driver should be held legally responsible for the accident. Call one of the lawyers in Greenville SC at Garcia Law LLC for more information about filing a claim.