As a Kansas City motorist, you know what you have to do. You know to drive at the posted speed limits, stop for red lights, and obey all the traffic laws. However, do you know what pedestrians are supposed to do?
Understanding Kansas Pedestrian Laws Can Help You Prevent Accidents
According to Kansas pedestrian laws:
- When there is a pedestrian light or traffic control device, a pedestrian may only cross the road when it is white. However, a pedestrian may finish crossing the street if the signal turns while the pedestrian is still walking across the roadway.
- When there is no light or traffic control device, pedestrians may not leave the curb if it would cause an immediate hazard. Additionally, motorists should yield to or stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
- If there is no marked crosswalk then pedestrians should yield to motorists.
- Every driver should exercise due care to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
- Pedestrians should use sidewalks where available.
- Pedestrians should yield to emergency vehicles.
- Other laws also apply in specific situations.
That said, not all pedestrians will follow the laws. Even when a pedestrian breaks the law it is in your best interest to avoid an accident that could hurt or kill the pedestrian or you. Thus, our Kansas City car accident lawyers encourage you to expect the unexpected, to drive carefully, and to avoid pedestrian accidents to the extent possible.
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