November 29, 2017

Don't Forget to Look Both Ways - Crosswalk Safety

David S.R. Parker Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Ensuring pedestrians are safe is the duty of both the driver and the pedestrian. These obligations are not only as moral citizens but are also legal in nature. The Motor Vehicle Act includes provisions that place a certain duty of care on both motorists and pedestrians.

Unless they are otherwise controlled by traffic signals, pedestrians have the right of way within a crosswalk or when stopped facing a crosswalk. However, vehicles have the right of way for any other roadway that does not have a crosswalk. As a pedestrian, you cannot go out in front of traffic when it is impractical for the driver of the vehicle to stop in time. If a sidewalk is provided, it is unlawful for the pedestrian to walk along an adjacent highway.

Aside from any specific provision in the Motor Vehicle Act, no pedestrian or motorist is relieved of their duty to exercise a reasonable amount of care. Below are some safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians to ensure that all parties are taking care:

Important Tips Pedestrians Need to Know:

Motorist Safety Tips:

The Bottom Line

As a pedestrian or a motorist, you have a duty to exercise a reasonable amount of care in all circumstances. The Motor Vehicle Act provides certain guidelines for exercising that care. If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian/vehicle collision, it is important to discuss with your lawyer the ramifications of the duty imposed on both the pedestrian and the driver.

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