With an above average pedestrian-auto accident rate, the city of Grand Rapids is taking action. As of February 6, 2018, motorists are now required by law to come to a stop for pedestrians crossing a roadway in a crosswalk. West Michigan auto accident attorney, Tom Sinas, recently spoke Fox 17’s Know the Law to describe the various Grand Rapids pedestrian ordinances. Here’s what drivers and pedestrians alike should know.
Use Sidewalks When Available
First, pedestrians in Grand Rapids need to utilize city sidewalks when they’re available. Doing so decreases the risk of collision with a vehicle using the roadway. However, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Using the adjacent roadway is allowed when a sidewalk isn’t present or is unsuitable for walking. Pedestrians walking on the side of the road should always walk against traffic. This increases visibility to both fellow drivers and pedestrians alike.
Using Crosswalks and Intersections
If a pedestrian needs to cross the road, the safest place to do so is at an intersection or within a pedestrian crosswalk. Most pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents occur mid-block. When crossing the road, remember to look both ways and proceed with caution and when your route is free to proceed.
As mentioned, city ordinances changed earlier this year. Under new laws, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians crossing the road within a crosswalk. Before, they were only required to yield. Furthermore, other motorists are not allowed to pass automobiles who have stopped for pedestrians. Watch for pedestrian crosswalk stop signs, as they continue to pop up all over the city. Be vigilant and alert at all times, you just might save a life.
If you’ve been injured as the result of a collision with a motor vehicle, call to speak with a personal injury attorney at Sinas Dramis Law Firm at (517) 394-7500. We will work diligently to obtain the compensation your case deserves.