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Alabama Automobile Accident Attorney Pedestrians and Cars

Alabama Automobile Accident Attorney Pedestrians and Cars: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 over 60,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, and 4,432 pedestrians lost their lives after being struck by an automobile.

In Alabama, the Department of Transportation reported that in 2011 there were 84 pedestrian deaths associated with automobile accidents and 589 pedestrians were injured by cars.

Not everyone drives an 18-wheeler, most don't ride motorcycles or ride bikes on roadways, but we nearly everyone walks; we are all pedestrians at some time of the day. I know that when the weather is nice, my family likes to walk around our neighborhood and enjoy some fresh air, but when walking near roadways, you have to be careful and obey the law.

That's right, there are laws governing pedestrians walking near roadways. Ala.Code 32-5A-210 through 222 deals with the obligations and rights of pedestrians in Alabama. In a nutshell, the law in Alabama regarding pedestrians and roadways are as follows:

Pedestrians have to obey traffic control devices unless directed to do otherwise by a police officer; pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks if there is no traffic device in place or in operation at such site; pedestrians are to use the right half of a crosswalk when possible; if a pedestrian is attempting to cross a roadway at a point other than a marked crosswalk, then they are to yield the right of way to any motor vehicle, pedestrians are not to cross an intersection by walking diagonally unless told to do so by a police officer; pedestrians are not to walk on a roadway if a sidewalk is available-if there is no sidewalk pedestrians are to walk on the shoulder only and as far from the edge of the road as practicable; on a two way roadway pedestrians are to walk on the left hand side of the road, on roads pedestrians are always to give the right of way to automobiles BUT drivers are to yield and give the right of way to any blind pedestrian carrying a visible white can and/or accompanied by a guide dog.

Having codified this, the law goes on to state that drivers are to exercise due care when they see a pedestrian and use precaution. This is especially true in neighborhoods where children may come running out onto the road. Drivers have an obligation to be on the watch out.

If you have been injured in a car wreck and you have questions about your rights under Alabama law, don't hesitate to contact and talk to one of the experienced Alabama Automobile Accident Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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