Moving to Oregon? Top 5 Pedestrian Laws you need to know.
- Monday, 16 March 2015 18:34
There are many pedestrian laws in Oregon. Pedestrian laws are designed to keep both drivers and pedestrians safe. If there is an accident involving a pedestrian or a vehicle, then the pedestrian is likely to be seriously injured. In fact, if the pedestrian is hit by a car that is going over 40 miles per hour, then he or she has a 85 percent chance of dying in the accident. Below are the top five Oregon pedestrian laws you need to know:
Drivers Have To Yield At A Crosswalk
Pedestrians have the right of way at a crosswalk. If there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk, then the driver has to stop. This rule applies regardless of whether it is a marked crosswalk, unmarked crosswalk or mid-block crosswalk. The driver also has to remain stopped until the pedestrian is no longer in the lane. It is estimated that 75 percent of pedestrian accidents occur because drivers do not yield to pedestrians. Half of these accidents occur in crosswalks.
Drivers Have To Stop For All Pedestrians Using A Guide Dog Or Cane
Many visually impaired pedestrians rely on a cane or guide dog to help them safely cross the street. A driver must stop for these pedestrians and remain stopped until they have made it across the road.
Pedestrians Are Required To Obey Traffic Laws
Even though most pedestrian accidents are the result of the driver, pedestrians do have a responsibility to keep themselves safe while they are crossing the road. Pedestrians must obey all of the traffic laws. For example, a pedestrian does not have the right of way if they are entering a roadway that has a red light. They also do not have the right of way if the crosswalk sign says, “Wait” or “Don’t Walk.”
- Pedestrians Must Yield To Drivers If They Are Not At A Crosswalk
- Pedestrians do not have the right away if they are not at a crosswalk. The pedestrian is required to yield to a driver.
- Pedestrians Must Not Leave The Footpath Or Curb If The Vehicle Is So Close It Would Create A Hazard
- Pedestrians do not have the right of way if leaving the curb or footpath would create a hazard. Pedestrians have to make sure that the vehicle is far enough away for them to safely cross the road.