When you encounter a pedestrian crosswalk, do you know what to do? Many people assume pedestrians have the right of way, but this is not always the case. Crosswalk laws can be tricky, for pedestrians and drivers. Do pedestrians have the right of way? What are the pedestrian crosswalk laws in Michigan? You want to have the answers before you’re standing at the curb with traffic whizzing past.Do You Have a Case?
Pedestrian deaths across the country have increased by more than 46% in the last 10 years. Experts attribute this alarming rise to several factors, including:
To help you stay safe when traveling on foot, here is an overview of Michigan pedestrian crosswalk laws.
The answer is a resounding “it depends.” First of all, there is no specific law governing the use of crosswalks in Michigan. Therefore, most municipalities follow the Michigan Uniform Traffic Code. It allows pedestrians the right of way in certain circumstances:
Pedestrians do not have the right of way in the following situations:
The Michigan Uniform Traffic Code requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in certain situations. Surprisingly, it does not require motorists to come to a complete stop. For this reason, certain Michigan municipalities have enacted individual pedestrian-friendly ordinances. For example, Ann Arbor drivers must stop for pedestrians within a crosswalk and those standing on the curb. The same is true for Traverse City and Grand Rapids.
Many transportation officials recommend passing a state-wide law requiring motorists to stop or yield for pedestrians. However, until this happens, pedestrians should be alert and cautious when using crosswalks.
To complicate matters further, pedestrian crosswalk laws also vary from state to state. Therefore, it’s important to know the local laws when you travel to other parts of the country.
“When in doubt, it’s better for pedestrians to err on the side of caution,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “If an oncoming car is not slowing down, do not enter the crosswalk, even if you have the right of way. If you or a loved one is injured in a traffic accident, call us immediately to get the benefits you deserve.”
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