Walking is both great exercise and an environmentally friendly way to commute, but walking around heavy traffic can be dangerous. Vehicles are required by law to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always respect these laws, leading to serious accidents with severe injuries.
In Alaska, the rights and duties of pedestrians are governed by the Alaska Administrative Code. Some of the major provisions of the code include:
- Pedestrians must observe traffic- and pedestrian-control signals.
- If a pedestrian isn’t using a crosswalk to cross a road, he must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.
- Pedestrians cannot loiter in the center of a traffic circle.
- When pedestrian tunnels or overhead paths are available for use, pedestrians must use them.
- If entering a crosswalk would create an immediate hazard due to oncoming traffic, a pedestrian must wait until the traffic has passed.
Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all marked and unmarked crosswalks and driveways. Motorists are expected to allow adequate room for pedestrians to cross safely, and they should also refrain from:
- Speeding in school crossing zones.
- Drunk driving.
- Rushing through unprotected turns.
- Distracted driving.
- Late braking at red lights.
Pedestrians are the most defenseless traffic accident victims. Unlike vehicle occupants, they don’t enjoy the protection of crumple zones, seat belts, or airbags. Since the risk of severe injury is so great, extra care must be taken to protect individuals traveling on foot. Pedestrians struck by a vehicle may sustain any of the following serious injuries:
- Broken bones
- Severe abrasions and lacerations
- Neck and back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
You Need an Attorney
Victims of crosswalk accidents frequently incur substantial medical bills, loss of income, and reduced earnings potential. When you’ve been injured, an attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Protect your rights. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.