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When does a pedestrian have the right of way?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2019 | Pedestrian Accidents |

As a pedestrian on Nevada streets, you need to be careful and always follow the law to ensure your own safety. You cannot rely on drivers to watch out for you. You are the most vulnerable on a roadway because you have no vehicle to protect you, so in the event of an accident, it is your life at stake. Knowing, understanding and following the rules about the right of way can help you stay safe.

The Nevada Legislature does note that drivers have the responsibility to watch out for pedestrians, but the law does not place all responsibility on drivers. You also have laws to follow. To begin with, if you are crossing the road, you should never walk out in front of a vehicle. You should only cross when the roadway is clear. A driver must stop if you are in the roadway as it is approaching you. This applies whether you are in a marked crosswalk or not.

You do have to yield to drivers when you see them coming unless you are in a marker crosswalk with a signal that tells you that you have the right of way. If you wish to cross at an area without a marked crosswalk, then you have to wait for all traffic to pass.

You also should never cross the street outside of a marker crosswalk at an intersection with lights in both directions. It is also illegal to cross a road diagonally unless there are marked crosswalks or signals telling you it is allowed. Finally, you must walk on the sidewalk if there is one. Otherwise you must walk on the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic. This information is for education and is not legal advice.