Pedestrian Laws in Texas

Pedestrian Safety Laws in Texas

The increase in traffic collisions in Texas has forced lawmakers to institute various laws to help increase road safety for both drivers and pedestrians. In a state where the most popular form of transportation is cars can sometimes pose a challenge for pedestrians. Since most Texans drive they might not be familiar with laws pertaining to pedestrians. For example, a pedestrian has the right of way to cross when there is a crosswalk with a green light and a walk sign. But did you know that, if there is an intersection that has neither a traffic light nor a walk sign, the driver must still yield to the pedestrian?

When driving or walking it’s important to understand a few aspects of pedestrian-related laws.

  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians in marked/unmarked crosswalks.
  • Cars must yield to a pedestrian if they are approaching from a sidewalk that crosses a building, private road, or a driveway.
  • Pedestrians are required to yield to cars when crossing where there is no marked/unmarked crosswalk.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) also has some pretty helpful tips for both pedestrians and drivers.

As a pedestrian

  1. Use the sidewalk when available, if there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  2. Cross at marked crosswalks and look both ways before crossing.
  3. Follow traffic signals and make eye contact with the drivers before crossing the street.

As a driver

  1. Reduce your speed when approaching crosswalks.
  2. Yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning.
  3. Stay alert at all times in the instance a pedestrian may walk across suddenly.
  4. Be careful and slow down when passing school buses, metros or stopped vehicles as people generally cross at those times.

Even when you abide by all the safety laws you or a loved one may fall victim to a pedestrian/car accident. If you or someone you know has been injured while crossing the street in Texas, reach out to the Hadi Law Firm at (832) 433-7977. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience and will ensure proper compensation and justice for the injuries you or your loved one may have incurred.

October 21, 2020
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