Look Both Ways Before You Cross: Crosswalk Safety

As of 2016, pedestrian deaths make up 14% of total traffic deaths in the U.S. To try and decrease this number, state legislatures are tightening pedestrian right-of-way laws. In Colorado, motorists must yield to pedestrians if they are on the same side of the road or are approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to be in danger. Right-of-way laws in Colorado regarding pedestrian are described in the Driver Handbook as “when driving, you should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under all conditions”. With sunny skies ahead, it’s important to know how you can be safe both on and off the road!

Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety

When you are the pedestrian crossing the street, be sure to obey pedestrian signals. Here are some of the most common types of signals you may encounter:

  • Walk symbol: Pedestrians may begin crossing. Watch for turning vehicle traffic.
  • Flashing hand sign: Pedestrians may finish crossing, but the walk cycle is ending soon and others should not start crossing. Some signals also use a countdown timer.
  • Red hand sign: Do not cross.

Although pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks and intersections, here are some tips you can use to keep yourself safe when crossing the road:

  • Never walk across a freeway or expressway
  • Do not leave the curb or sidewalk so suddenly that an approaching vehicle cannot yield
  • Look for Walk and Don’t Walk signals at intersections

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident while crossing the street, seeking representation is always a good idea. At Franklin D. Azar & Associates a case consultation is always free. Give us a call today and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.