Overview of Pedestrian Right-of-Way Laws
In New York, understanding pedestrian right-of-way laws is crucial, especially when it comes to safety at intersections. These laws are designed to protect you as a pedestrian and ensure that you can cross streets safely. When you step into a crosswalk, drivers are legally required to yield to you. This rule applies whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. At intersections with traffic signals, the right-of-way is determined by the signal and pedestrians must follow the “walk” and “do not walk” signs.
But what happens when these laws are overlooked? Sadly, accidents occur. As pedestrians, you are vulnerable on the roads, and knowing your rights is the first step in staying safe. At our firm, we see many cases where pedestrian rights are ignored, leading to serious injuries. We want to ensure you are fully aware of these laws for your protection.
Key Aspects of Intersection Accidents Involving Pedestrians
In the busy streets of Long Island, intersections are hot-spots for accidents involving pedestrians. As a pedestrian, knowing the dynamics of crosswalks and traffic signals is vital. Crosswalks are your safe zone but they can become danger zones if drivers are not paying attention or disregarding the laws. Drivers must stop to allow you to cross safely, but this does not always happen.
Driver responsibilities at intersections are clear: they must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and follow traffic signals. When drivers fail to do this, they put you at risk. At our firm, we often deal with cases where drivers’ negligence at intersections leads to pedestrian injuries. If you find yourself in such a situation, it is important to understand that you have rights, and those rights have been violated.
Legal Implications of Right-of-Way Violations
Violations of pedestrian right-of-way laws in New York have serious legal implications. For drivers, failing to yield can result in penalties including fines and points on their driving record. In cases of accidents causing injuries, the consequences are more severe. For you, as a pedestrian involved in such an accident, understanding these legal implications is crucial.
If you are injured because a driver violated your right-of-way, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Our attorneys have dealt with numerous cases where pedestrians were harmed due to drivers’ negligence. We understand the nuances of these laws and how they apply to your situation, striving to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the justice you deserve.
Protecting Pedestrian Rights: What You Need to Know
If you are involved in an intersection accident in New York, there are steps you should take to protect your rights. First, seek medical attention immediately even if you think your injuries are minor. Documenting your injuries is vital for any legal action. Next, try to collect evidence from the scene. This can include photos of the accident site, your injuries, and any relevant traffic signals or signs.
Gathering witness accounts is also a key step. Witnesses can provide valuable insights into how the accident happened which can be crucial in building your case. Remember, our attorneys are here to guide you through this process from collecting evidence to representing you in court, ensuring that your rights are fully protected.
Contact Law Office of Frank J. Cassisi, P.C. to Discuss Your Intersection Accident Lawsuit
If you believe your pedestrian rights have been violated in an intersection accident, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to help you navigate the legal system and fight for your rights. You can call us at (516) 294 5050 for assistance. Remember, acting is key to protecting your rights and seeking the justice you deserve.
If you have been involved in an intersection accident, knowing that you are not alone is essential. Law Office of Frank J. Cassisi, P.C. is dedicated to assisting individuals like you who have been affected by such accidents. We understand the complexities of New York’s pedestrian right-of-way laws and are committed to providing the legal support you need.