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Walking around town can be fun, and some folks even enjoy it as a hobby. Unfortunately, there is a chance a careless driver may hit you while doing that, and suddenly, you may find yourself in need of a pedestrian accident attorney.

A motorist who is speeding may not notice you going through the crosswalk. They may also be impaired and accidentally hit you even though you were still on the curb.

The injuries a pedestrian may sustain from being hit by a car can be serious. You may need compensation to recover from that accident.

Join us as we talk about pedestrian laws in Connecticut and learn more about your rights in the process.

What Are the Crosswalk Laws in Connecticut?

Pedestrians often rely on crosswalks to move from one street to the next. Generally speaking, the pedestrian has the right of way whenever they are at a crosswalk.

However, things may differ depending on what kind of crosswalk you are using. Let’s discuss those different crosswalk types in greater detail so you can avoid placing yourself in danger.

Crosswalks Designated by Lines or Markings

First off, let’s talk about what you should do if you are using a crosswalk that is only marked by some lines on the road.

Connecticut law indicates that you already have right of way the moment you step up to the curb. At that point, all the vehicles on your road need to either slow down or stop completely.

You can also expect the vehicles to stop as soon as you enter the road. The vehicles on your side of the road and the other side must slow down or stop to allow you to pass.

If a driver violating those guidelines hits you, you can sue them with the help of a pedestrian accident lawyer.

Crosswalks That Use “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” Signals

The crosswalk you are using may be using “walk” and “don’t walk” signals to indicate when pedestrians can move safely. You must pay close attention to them if you want to stay out of harm’s way and potential liability.

The rules for using those types of crosswalks are simple.

If you have a “walk” signal, you are cleared to use the crosswalk. If the post says, “don’t walk,” you need to wait on the curb until it changes.

Crucially, you still have the right of way even if the post changes to the “don’t walk” sign while you are already on the road. You can keep going until you reach the other side of the road or a safety island that divides two roads. Wait for the “walk” signal while you are staying on that safety island.

The motorist that hit you could claim that the “don’t walk” signal was active when you stepped on the road. Work with an experienced lawyer so you can disprove that false claim and avoid liability for a violation you did not commit.

Crosswalks That Use Traffic Signals

The rules for using crosswalks that feature traffic signals are similar to those that rely on “walk” and “don’t walk” signals. This time around, you must wait until the light is green before entering the road.

Once again, you can continue using the crosswalk after the light turns red as long as it was green when you started moving. You can keep walking until you get to a safety island or the other side of the road.

Crosswalks Monitored by Police Officers

Police officers monitor some crosswalks and using them is safer because there is no confusion regarding who has the right of way.

All you need to do is wait for the police officer to give you the signal to walk. Anyone that hits and injures you at that point will clearly be the one in violation of the law. You should pursue a personal injury claim against them together with your pedestrian accident attorney.

What Are Connecticut’s New Pedestrian Safety Laws?

You may have missed it, but the state of Connecticut recently enacted additional laws for crossing the road. The laws are supposed to provide additional protection to all pedestrians.

The newly enacted laws give pedestrians new ways to alert any motorists to their intent of crossing the road. Thanks to the new laws, you can now raise your hand while standing on the curb to indicate that you are about to use the crosswalk.

The laws also permit pedestrians to use an “extension of a body part” to signal their intent of crossing the road. You only need to move the extension of your body part into the crosswalk, and the vehicles will need to slow down or stop.

Items that can serve as body part extensions include bicycles, canes, carriages, crutches, strollers, and wheelchairs. You can also let your dog enter the crosswalk a bit to let the vehicles know that you are about to cross.

Not all motorists may be aware of those new laws, and they may refuse to slow down even after you have signaled your intent. If they end up hitting you, they will still violate these laws. You can sue them in court and receive compensation for any injuries and losses you sustained.

What Actions Should You Take if You Were Hit by a Car?

If a vehicle hits you while you are trying to cross the road, the first thing you must do is get to safety. Move to the curb or safety island depending on which one is closer to you.

You should also take this opportunity to get the driver’s contact details if they stopped. Remember to get their name, contact number, address, and their insurance information.

Sometimes, the driver of the vehicle may not check on you. In that case, you may need the help of witnesses to identify them.

You must also call the authorities as soon as you can. Going to the hospital for a check-up is highly recommended, even if you feel fine.

After a while, the driver’s lawyer or insurer may contact you in the hopes of reaching a settlement. You are not obligated to talk to them. Avoid speaking to them until you have hired a pedestrian accident lawyer.

Contact us at Hassett & George, P.C. if you need a lawyer to represent you following your accident. We will deal with the other party’s insurer and legal representative while you focus on your recovery.