A pedestrians hit by a car, truck or motorcycle in a crosswalk accident can result in serious injuries or even be fatal in some cases. If you or a loved one has been stuck by a motor vehicle in Dallas-Fort Worth, it is important that you seek advice from a board certified personal injury lawyer with experience in helping pedestrians who have been injured in crosswalk collisions.
Texas Highway Safety Laws
Section 552 of The Texas Transportation Code deal with various pedestrian crossing rules. Here are the pedestrian laws:
Pedestrian Right-of-Way if Control Signal Present
If you are at a crosswalk with a Walk/Don't Walk sign or other control signal, you must obey the control signal. You can only cross when you have the Walk signal; otherwise, you must yield right of way to oncoming traffic.
Pedestrian Right-of-Way at Crosswalk
If you are crossing at a crosswalk but there is no control signal present, you as the pedestrian have the right of way if:
You are on the half of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling
You are so close to the middle of the road that a vehicle in the other lane must yield to prevent injury to you.
The vehicle has enough space and time to yield the right of way to you - (This means that you cannot step out in front of a car that is too close to stop) If the car cannot stop, the car has the right of way and it is your duty to wait for a safe point to cross.
Crossing at Points Other Than Crosswalks
If you are crossing the street at a point other than a crosswalk,you must yield right-of-way to vehicles in the roadway. If you are not crossing in a marked crosswalk, the oncoming traffic has the right of way.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident which was not their fault, it is important that you consult with a board certified personal injury lawyer. Attorney Mark Anderson has been helping injured pedestrian and their families across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex since 1991. Pedestrians have right a right to seek compensation from a negligent driver's insurance company. Call us toll free at 800-354-6275.