Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way?
Accidents involving pedestrians can be quite severe or even fatal, depending on circumstances. Motorists must maintain awareness of their surroundings to avoid injuring a pedestrian, regardless of who has the right of way. A driver can be partially liable for an accident, even if the pedestrian did not have the right of way.
The Right of Way in Oklahoma
In most cases, drivers have to yield the right of way to pedestrians passing through a crosswalk. If a pedestrian is not in a designated crosswalk, he or she should yield the right of way to motorists on the road. That said, drivers are still expected to be cautious, particularly in areas around or near schools and playgrounds, where children are likely to rush out of nowhere.
According to the law, pedestrians must obey traffic control devices and signals. However, even if a pedestrian was hit while crossing the road at an inappropriate time, the driver might still be held partially liable for his or her injuries. For pedestrians, partial fault in an accident will result in reduced compensation for injuries sustained. Always obey traffic laws. Doing so can help you stay safe and, in the event of an unfortunate accident, ensure you receive adequate compensation for your injuries.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
After a pedestrian accident, it is imperative for the injured person to contact the police immediately to ensure a report is filed. Additionally, much like in any other accident, the parties involved should exchange information and contact the insurance company. Lastly, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible to begin documenting your injuries.
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