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Pedestrian Right-of-Way in Unmarked Crosswalks: Common Misunderstanding by Drivers

Pedestrian Right-of-Way in Unmarked Crosswalks: Common Misunderstanding by Drivers

Most drivers in Minnesota know they should take reasonable action to try to avoid a pedestrian accident, but most also do not know the actual right-of-way rules of the state. In particular, what is supposed to be done at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection? Can the driver advance with caution when a pedestrian is near?

Minnesota actually has a “must stop” rule for all crosswalks. A driver needs to come to a complete stop whenever a pedestrian is crossing an intersection using a marked or unmarked crosswalk. The law demands the driver to not move their vehicle until all pedestrians have moved out of the lanes immediately in front of the driver. It is encouraged to not proceed at all until all pedestrians are safely on sidewalks, though. Ultimately, pedestrians have the right-of-way in unmarked crosswalks as long as they are not crossing illegally against traffic signals.

Other times when a driver is expected to come to a complete stop before proceeding in Minnesota include but are not limited to:

  • Before exiting an alley, parking lot, or driveway.
  • When a red traffic light is flashing.
  • When a police officer or another official instructs you to stop.
  • Before an adjoining crosswalk that crosses your lane.

Minneapolis Pedestrian Accident Attorneys – (612) 200-1526

Have you or a loved one been struck by a negligent driver while you were traversing a crosswalk? Whether it was marked or unmarked, you most likely had the right-of-way, which was violated by the motorist. It could be possible to prove you were not liable for the pedestrian accident. In doing so, you will be given a chance to pursue maximized compensation.

Meshbesher & Associates, P.A. is a renowned Minneapolis personal injury law firm for our extensive experience and impressive case results. We are tenacious when dealing with the opposition yet compassionate and understanding whenever we talk with our clients. Find out what we can do for you and your pedestrian accident case by contacting us today.

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