It is vital to recognize the various laws in Virginia that dictate where pedestrians can cross the street. Pedestrian laws are designed to keep you safe, but they also play a role in proving liability after a pedestrian accident. One of the more contentious laws is what happens at an unmarked crosswalk and who has the right of way.
A marked crosswalk typically means there are lines on the ground. However, if there are no lines but another indicator is present, such as a stop sign, it is still a legal crosswalk. Our Fairfax pedestrian accident attorneys explain your right of way as a pedestrian at an unmarked crosswalk and how to safeguard your rights following an accident.
When Pedestrians Have the Right of Way
In Virginia, pedestrians can cross the street at any location, but who has the duty to yield is determined by the presence of marked and unmarked crosswalks. Drivers must yield to pedestrians any time there is a marked or unmarked crosswalk. A crosswalk, especially an easily identifiable one, is the safest place for a pedestrian to cross the street.
Virginia law allows pedestrians to cross the street where there is no crosswalk; however, the pedestrian must yield to vehicles in this situation. The pedestrian must wait on the sidewalk while the vehicle passes, and then they can cross the street.
Legal Options for Pedestrians
When a driver hits a pedestrian, legal options can help the injured party recover compensation. However, it helps to have a lawyer so that you recognize the most effective way to go about filing a claim. Like an auto collision, insurance comes into play when a motorist crashes into a pedestrian.
It is often difficult for pedestrians to gather information after a crash because they can sustain severe injuries. Our firm works quickly to get evidence and build a strong case when you need it most.
At Shevlin Smith, our team puts you first. We work with you to determine the most effective way to pursue compensation. Our goal is to safeguard your rights and give you a voice against negligence. Trust that we will always prioritize you every step of the way.