When a car strikes a pedestrian, the damage to the pedestrian’s health, long term well-being, and future earning potential can be enormous. The Maine auto accident attorneys at Lowry & Associates can help you recover damages if a negligent or dangerous driver strikes you when you are walking. However, it is important to know when and where you have the right-of-way when walking near a street.
Pedestrians and drivers both have certain responsibilities to avoid accidents and yield the right-of-way at a proper time. According to the Maine.gov website, which lists the laws governing pedestrian accidents, you must obey the following laws when walking near a road:
- When there is a sidewalk next to a road, you must walk on the sidewalk.
- If there is no sidewalk, you should walk on the road or the shoulder of the road.
- Walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and leaving room for cars to pass.
- If you are crossing the street, you must yield the right-of-way unless you are in a crosswalk.
- You must use crosswalks at intersections.
- You may not cross an intersection diagonally.
These general rules are important to follow and good for your safety, but they are not absolute. Above all, drivers bear responsibility for operating their vehicles with due care. If a driver's recklessness leads to them striking and injuring you, they can be found liable whatever the right-of-way laws are.
If you or a loved one or family member was recently hit by a car, come to Lowry & Associates for a free legal consultation. We have locations in Bangor and South Portland, and serve clients throughout the state of Maine. Our experienced and highly qualified attorneys will help you decide what steps to take next. Contact us by calling 1-800-999-5342.