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Does a Car or Pedestrian Have Right-of-Way in Texas?

February 13, 2019

It’s often believed that pedestrians have the right-of-way in every situation. The reality is that this is not always the case. In Texas, there are some situations in which cars have the right-of-way over pedestrians. Keep reading to learn more.

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, reach out to a skilled Texas pedestrian accident lawyers at Begum Law Group. The Law Giant can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. Call (866) 523-4167, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.

When Pedestrians Do Not Have the Right-of-Way

We are taught to look both ways before we cross the street when we’re young. If pedestrians always had the right-of-way, there would be no reason to do this. In Texas, there are a number of situations where pedestrians are required to yield to cars.

When a sidewalk is available, pedestrians must use it and cannot walk on the road. Pedestrians are required to wait until crosswalks with signals direct them to walk. Even if there are no cars approaching, they need to cross the street until they receive the go-ahead.

As soon as the signal indicates to wait or stop, pedestrians must make it to the other side as fast as they can, or go to a safety island in the middle of the road. The law requires them to go to whichever location is closest.

Additionally, it is the legal duty of pedestrians to yield to cars on highways at all times. In short, Texas law states that cars and pedestrians must share the road. Pedestrians and cars are both required to exercise a reasonable amount of care for others.

Yielding Laws for Drivers

Although there are situations in which pedestrians are required to yield to cars, it’s important for drivers to understand that many pedestrians are not aware of these regulations. To ensure everyone’s safety, motorists should drive with extra caution when they are near pedestrians. They are required to yield to pedestrians and other cars when they are entering a road from a private building, driveway, or path.

In addition, they must stop for pedestrians when they are approaching a car’s half of the road from the other side. Unfortunately, this leads to driver confusion, because many drivers assume that pedestrians are always required to cross at marked walkways.

Why You Need the Help of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Right-of-way laws that involve cars and pedestrians can be complicated in Texas. For this reason, it’s important to consult a Texas pedestrian accident lawyer if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident.

An attorney can perform a thorough investigation of your case and determine fault. If you are not liable for the crash, they can build a strong case that proves why it was the other party’s responsibility.

Since insurance companies are known to offer low settlements after pedestrian accidents, a lawyer can also negotiate with the liable party’s insurer to ensure that you receive the fair compensation deserve. This can be used to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other damages you may have sustained.

Contact The Law Giant for Help

If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident are unsure of who may be at fault, it is in your best interest to call an experienced Texas pedestrian accident lawyer at Begum Law Group right away. We are well-versed in Texas right-of-way laws and have a track record of successfully representing those that have suffered injuries after a pedestrian accident. Call us at 866-523-4167 today, or reach out via our online form to schedule a free case consultation.

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