When it comes to pedestrians and crosswalks, who has the right of way? Here in Indiana, the law is quite clear. Continue below to review some basic facts about Indiana pedestrian laws and what to do if you are wrongly injured in a pedestrian accident in Indiana.
Laws Surrounding Pedestrian Accidents in Indiana
It the case of traffic laws and regulations, it is important to protect and preserve the rights of pedestrians because they are the most vulnerable and at risk. Unlike drivers who are protected behind the metal and rubber structures of their vehicles, pedestrians are on foot, and therefore openly exposed.
For this reason, pedestrian accidents tend to result in serious injuries and fatalities all across the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives in negligent car accidents in 2018. In Indiana that same year, 115 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian traffic accidents include:
🚸 Failing to Yield
🚸 Running a Red Light
🚸 Running a Stop Sign
🚸 Distracted Driving
🚸 Intoxicated Driving
🚸 Impaired Driving
🚸 Failure to Stop at a Crosswalk
🚸 Failing to Keep a Proper Lookout
Indiana Drivers Must Yield to Pedestrians Within Crosswalks
Indiana law gives requires all drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians at designated crosswalks. Blind pedestrians, which are distinguishable by the use of a cane or walking stick, have the right of way in all cases, whether they use a marked crosswalk or not.
If a pedestrian walks into the road without using a marked crossing point, and a vehicle stops for them, other vehicles approaching are not legally permitted to go around the stopped vehicle because this puts the pedestrian in danger.
Pedestrians Have to Obey Laws Too
When it comes to crosswalks and designated crossing paths and routes, pedestrians essentially have the right of way, so long as they are obeying the law. You see, not only do drivers have laws and regulations they must follow for the purpose of pedestrian protection, but pedestrians themselves must also adhere to all state and local traffic laws, including crosswalk and bridge crossing traffic signals.
As a lawful pedestrian, you would obey “Follow” and “Not Follow” traffic signals on the road, while also refraining from using non-designated crossings and disturbing the flow of traffic. If a pedestrian chooses to cross the road without using a crosswalk, they must yield to traffic. In some jurisdictions, not using a marked crosswalk is considered a minor infraction informally known as J-walking.
When Pedestrians Must Yield
Pedestrians must yield for all authorized emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire trucks. As for sidewalks, a pedestrian is required by Indiana law to use one if there is one available and practical. If there are not sidewalks, a pedestrian may walk on the very outer edge of the road. If walking along a highway, a pedestrian must walk as far right onto the shoulder as possible.
Pedestrian Accidents and Injury Claims
If a pedestrian is injured in an accident by a negligent driver, they are entitled to pursue legal action against them. A wrongfully injured pedestrian may be able to recover compensation for their damages and losses, such as medical expenses, hospital bills, lost wages for missing work, pain-and-suffering, and more. It is vital for Indiana pedestrian accident victims to contact an experienced Indiana personal injury attorney to represent their case. It is important to act fast before all evidence is lost to support your claim or time runs out on the scheduled statute of limitations.
Are you ready to begin your pedestrian accident claim in Indiana? Contact the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to schedule a free personal injury case evaluation with a seasoned Indianapolis civil litigator you can trust. We represent clients throughout the state of Indiana.
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