Do Different Types of Crosswalks Mean Different Laws for Drivers?

There are many different types of crosswalks out there: crosswalks with flashing lights, crosswalks with pedestrian signs, and unmarked crosswalks at stop signs. Do all of these different types of crosswalks mean different laws for drivers? The answer is simple: no.

No matter what, if you are driving a car and approaching a crosswalk, you have to stop if a pedestrian is attempting to cross. So if you are approaching a crosswalk and a pedestrian is already on the crosswalk—no matter what side of the road they are on—you have to stop. If there is a crosswalk but no flashing lights, you have to stop. If the pedestrian is walking with no “walk” sign, you still have to yield to them.

In other words, the pedestrian always has the right of way if they are attempting to cross on a crosswalk. Now this doesn’t mean that a pedestrian is not supposed to exercise caution. Pedestrians are accountable for safety and cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk out in front of an approaching car without giving it ample time to yield.

So remember, slow down and exercise caution around busy crosswalks. If you are ever unsure of whether to yield or not, the simple solution is to yield for a pedestrian no matter what.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.
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