Pedestrians face significant dangers when they share the roadway with vehicles. They are unguarded, unprotected, and often unexpected by drivers on the roadway. Moreover, drivers of vehicles have an added responsibility when encountering pedestrians on the roadway. Vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether the crosswalk is marked or not, at intersections. Vehicles also must yield the right of way to pedestrians at alleys, driveways, and sidewalks. When making turns, motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians. Where any entrance to these areas has limited visibility for the motorist, a motorist must sound their horn as well. Motorists must be particularly mindful of pedestrians as pedestrians are often hidden from motorists’ blind spots.
Pedestrians versus vehicle accidents may cause horrific injuries to pedestrians, as pedestrians have no way to protect themselves from a motorist failing to exercise proper lookout.
However, this does not give motorists the right of way at all times. It does not mean pedestrians enter the roadway at their own risk. Instead, it heightens the responsibility to actively look for pedestrians, and yield the right of way when they are encountered.
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