Do Drivers Always have to Yield the Right of Way to Pedestrians in Florida?

When you get behind the wheel of an automobile you are piloting a potentially deadly weapon. Therefore, you must yield the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists in almost any situation. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, you likely would be eligible for reparations for expenses related to the accident.

There are specifications to the right of way law, which your pedestrian accident lawyer can explain to you. Generally, if you were crossing the road at either a marked or unmarked crosswalk you had the right of way. A marked crosswalk is denoted by either signs or painted lines on the pavement.

An unmarked crosswalk is harder to define, which is why your lawyer becomes so useful. It can be considered the space between the road and the sidewalk and also the space at the meeting of intersecting roads. Not all intersections have walk signals and this is where the unmarked crosswalk comes into play.

In terms of stopping for a marked crosswalk, drivers must yield the right of way in almost every situation. They must yield the right of way to:

  • pedestrians already in the crosswalk who are on the same side of the roadway as their vehicle;
  • pedestrians in the crosswalk on the opposite side of the roadway who are close enough to their side to face possible danger; and
  • pedestrians who are about to step into the crosswalk.

In summary, if you adhered to pedestrian and cyclist rules but still were injured by a driver who failed to yield the right of way, you have a right to compensation for bodily and property damages. Recovering from your injuries should be your main priority, not dealing with insurance adjusters and complicated legal paperwork.

Before accepting a settlement offer contact the Jim Dodson Law to set up a free consultation at 888-207-0905.

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