In the last decade, pedestrian deaths have increased by more than 50% across the country. In Michigan last year, 145 pedestrians died and 1,820 were injured in motor vehicle accidents. While crosswalks are designed to increase safety, many people are not familiar with Michigan pedestrian crosswalk laws. Who has the right of way? Are drivers required to come to a full stop? Here’s a helpful guide.Do You Have a Case?
You may be surprised to learn that Michigan does not have a specific set of laws for crosswalks. Therefore, while some municipalities have established their own rules, most follow the Michigan Uniform Traffic Code.
Here are five important pedestrian crosswalk laws:
Certain municipalities have enacted their own ordinances to make crosswalks more pedestrian-friendly. Therefore, in cities such as Ann Arbor, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids, drivers must stop for pedestrians already in a crosswalk as well as those standing on the curb.
Traffic safety experts have found two major reasons for the rise in pedestrian accidents. The first is the increased number of SUVs on our roads today. Because these vehicles have a higher front-end profile, it is harder for drivers to see pedestrians in their path. In addition, SUVs are larger and heavier than most passenger vehicles. Therefore, pedestrians who are struck by SUVs have a greater chance of dying or being critically injured from the impact.
Distracted drivers and walkers are the second major cause of pedestrian accidents. Walkers who are looking down at their cell phones are more likely to be hit by a driver who fails to yield. At the same time, drivers who are distracted may not see a pedestrian until it’s too late to stop.
If you do have an accident, as a driver or a pedestrian, contact us immediately. Our experienced accident lawyers will help protect your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Michigan pedestrian crosswalk laws are complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple.
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