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Where Are You Allowed to Cross the Street in Maryland?

By: Matthew Tievsky

It seems that many people believe that the driver of an automobile is always required to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. As a matter of safety and common decency, of course, a driver always should yield the way to a pedestrian to avoid an accident. But if you are crossing the street, it is important to know that legally, you only have the right of way if you are crossing in a cross-walk. This means that if a car hits you when you are crossing outside the cross-walk – even if that driver failed to see you – you generally cannot recover money in a lawsuit, because you will be found partly at fault for crossing the street at an inappropriate place.Crosswalk Accidents

What is the definition of a cross-walk? Usually, the answer is easy, because most cross-walks are painted onto the road. However, if you are at an intersection with no painted cross walks, the answer is simply the imaginary pathway that connects two corners of an intersection. In other words, cross as close to the intersection as you can; don't cross the street in the middle of a street block. Staying inside the cross-walk means that you legally enjoy the right-of-way. It also is the safest thing to do, because drivers expect pedestrians to cross at cross-walks.

If you were a pedestrian struck by a vehicle and have legal questions, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.