It seems as though it’s common sense to adhere to basic crosswalk laws and regulations; however, many people are severely misinformed about what crosswalk laws entail. Like many other states, Utah has its own set of laws and regulations. Whether you’re out for a stroll or just walking your dog in Salt Lake City, here’s what you need to know as a pedestrian to avoid causing an auto accident while using the crosswalk.
How to Cross a Roadway Without a Crosswalk
According to Salt Lake City pedestrian laws, pedestrians should only cross a roadway if there isn’t an acceptable crosswalk, pedestrian tunnel or overhead walkway within 700 feet. In this type of situation, a pedestrian should choose the shortest, straightest route to the opposite side while simultaneously yielding to oncoming traffic. Crossing a roadway erratically and without caution can easily cause an auto accident — including the involvement of a lawyer and a hefty legal fine.
How to Use the WALK Signals
At every intersection there is a legal crosswalk — even if there are no painted crosswalk lines. Even if you, as a pedestrian, don’t see painted lines at the intersection, remember that you must still adhere to the WALK signal before you begin crossing. If the timer changes from WALK to DON’T WALK while you’re still crossing the street, continue walking with heightened caution. Slowing down, stopping or backtracking can cause an auto accident — particularly from a vehicle making a left-hand turn into the intersection you’re crossing. Because there’s no clear indication of who is to blame in a situation like this, call your lawyer immediately — particularly if you’ve been injured. At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we’re equipped to handle cases involving pedestrians and auto accidents — but we’d rather you stayed safe while crossing the street.
Crossing an Intersection Without Pedestrian Signals
Salt Lake City pedestrian laws also state that in intersections without pedestrian signals, pedestrians should proceed with caution across the intersection facing a green light. However, even if the pedestrian has the right-of-way, he or she should not suddenly walk or run into the path of a vehicle — doing so might result in a call from the driver’s lawyer and an unwanted auto accident lawsuit.