You pass by Kansas City, Missouri, crosswalks every single day. You may find that you tense up a little behind the wheel as you approach a crosswalk. You are concerned about what to do. Should you always come to a complete stop when you approach a crosswalk? Do you always yield to pedestrians? Can pedestrians enter the crosswalk without accounting for oncoming traffic?
Missouri Crosswalk Laws
Missouri pedestrian laws provide specific answers about the responsibilities of pedestrians and drivers at crosswalks in Kansas City and around the state. Specifically, Missouri requires:
- Drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks when there is not a functioning traffic control signal at the crosswalk.
- Pedestrians not to leave the curb or other place of safety if it is impossible for the driver to stop safely.
- Drivers not to pass other vehicles that have stopped at crosswalks.
Additionally, it is important for both pedestrians and drivers to use common sense. You may be in a hurry to get somewhere, but you still do not want to cause physical pain or death to someone else in order to get somewhere a few seconds early.
Kansas City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Answer Your Questions
Going back to the questions posed at the beginning of this article, the answers are as follows:
- You do not need to come to a complete stop before every crosswalk, but you do need to stop if there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
- You should always yield to pedestrians—even if you have the right of way. The potential injuries are not worth failing to yield.
- Pedestrians should account for oncoming traffic before entering a crosswalk.
If you have been hurt in a Kansas City pedestrian accident then the time to contact a Kansas City accident lawyer is right now. Please call us today at 816-471-5111 or 888-348-2616 and please learn more about your rights in our free book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.