Who Is Responsible?
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s your attorney’s job to determine how the accident occurred and if it could have been avoided.
At William Mattar Law Offices, our pedestrian accident lawyers will investigate the scene of the accident to make sure the person responsible for your injuries is held accountable. We’ll put our knowledge of New York traffic laws to work to make sure you get the compensation you need to recover. Call (844) 444-4444 or fill out a free initial consultation form now.
Who Has the Right Of Way?
When examining the details of your case, we’ll consider where the accident occurred, what traffic signals and crosswalks were nearby, and who had the right of way.
Pedestrians have the right of way when:
- using sidewalks and crossing alleyways, driveways, etc.,
- using crosswalks without traffic signals,
- and using crosswalks with signals that indicate pedestrians should walk.
Drivers have the right of way when there are no crosswalks, signs, or traffic signals.
However, by law, all drivers are required to avoid hitting pedestrians if at all safely possible, despite who has the right of way in the situation.
We’re taught to look both ways before crossing the street, but according to SafeNY, pedestrians should also remember to:
- use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever available.
- never cross expressways, interstates, or highways.
- walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- obey—and wait for—all traffic signals and traffic officers.
- only cross an intersection with a green light—not yellow or red.