No one should ever have to worry about getting struck by a vehicle when they are walking around the roadways of Dallas. However, pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in this area. According to the latest reporting year of data from the Texas Department of Transportation, there were nearly 6,000 total pedestrian crashes. Out of these incidents, there were:
Here, the Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC want to discuss the right-of-way laws that both drivers and pedestrians need to know when they are operating around this area.
If you are driving a vehicle, it is a good rule of thumb to understand that pedestrians generally have the right-of-way in most situations. If you are a pedestrian in or around the roadway, this should not mean that you have free reign to do what you want. You still need to take precautions, as a collision with a vehicle can they cause serious injuries or death, as indicated by the statistics above.
Just because a vehicle is much larger and faster than a pedestrian, this does not mean that it has the right-of-way. Here, we want to discuss a few scenarios you may encounter concerning pedestrians in vehicles.
Even if there is no cross signal, crosswalk, or sidewalk, drivers are required by law to exercise due care to avoid collision with a pedestrian on the roadway.
If you or somebody you love has sustained a pedestrian accident injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, contact an attorney about your case as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we will conduct a full investigation into your claim in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This could include coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.