Pedestrian accidents are almost always serious. To avoid them in Connecticut, it is important to know the rules both when you are a driver and when you are a pedestrian. This can help to avoid accidents and keep you and others safe. Plus, according to The Day, you can receive a ticket or other charge if you break the law when walking or driving, so understanding what the laws are can help you avoid legal issues.
Preventing pedestrian accidents is a matter of concern for everybody on the roads. It takes drivers and walkers working together to prevent problems. You probably already know that in most cases, a vehicle should always yield to pedestrians. There are a few other nuisances of the pedestrian’s law that you should be aware of.
- Yield to emergency vehicles
You may know that when driving, you have to yield to emergency vehicles who have lights and sirens running. The same is true if you are a pedestrian. If you are crossing the road, for example, you need to stop and allow the vehicle through.
- Do not pass when pedestrians are crossing
If you are driving and come up to a vehicle that is stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the road, you have to wait, too. It does not matter if there are multiple lanes. You have to stop and cannot pass the vehicle in any way. This is to protect the pedestrian.
- Be careful at signals
If you are walking and approach an intersection with pedestrian signals, you must obey the signals. Even if there is no traffic, you must wait for the signal to cross the street.
Pedestrian laws are in place to keep everyone safe. It is important that you take time to understand your rights as a driver and as a pedestrian so you can ensure you stay safe and keep others safe.