As a continuation of Colorado Pedestrian Rights-of-Way Laws (Part 1), the following provides some more in-depth information regarding when pedestrians do and do not have the right-of-way over vehicles on Colorado roadways. While Part 1 of this blog concentrated on discussing when drivers are legally obligated to stop for pedestrians, here in Part 2, we will focus on when pedestrians do not legally have the right-of-way to cross the street in front of oncoming traffic.
According to Colorado pedestrian right-of-way laws, pedestrians:
- Are prohibited from stepping off of a curb or sideway in an attempt to cross the street if an oncoming vehicle is so close to them (and going at such a speed) that it would risk hitting the pedestrian (this law often involves a reasonable judgment call on behalf of the pedestrian and, as such, can be hard to prove in court if a car accident lawsuit is later filed against the driver or pedestrian).
- Are legally obligated to practice reasonable precaution for their own wellbeing and safety when they are crossing the street legally. This means that pedestrians are expected to not intentionally do anything that would put them in harm’s way.
- Must yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the road if they are crossing the street at any point where there is not a proper crosswalk.
- Are not allowed to cross the street diagonally to try to avoid having to cross the street two separate times unless there is a specially demarcated diagonal crosswalk (painted on the street with its own lights at the intersection).
When pedestrians fail to abide by these Colorado pedestrian right-of-way laws, any damages they may try to obtain in a future car accident lawsuit can be mitigated by their own negligent behavior, meaning that they would ultimately get less compensation for their injuries and losses.
Douglas County Car Accident Attorneys
If you were a pedestrian who was injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
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