At Kelly & Associates Injury Lawyers, we represent pedestrians who have been injured by careless drivers and hit-and-run drivers in the Boston area. We are proud of our dedication to seeking justice for injured people and proud of the results we have achieved. We care about our clients and we go the extra mile to seek justice for our clients in each case.
Pedestrian Accident Liability in Boston, MA
Massachusetts’ law requires that motorists yield the right of way to pedestrians who are in a marked crosswalk on the half of the street in which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is within 10 feet of the vehicle.
Pedestrians in Massachusetts have a responsibility to cross a road within a crosswalk, and when an officer is directing traffic, a traffic control signal is present or when there is a marked crosswalk within 300 feet of the pedestrian.
Pedestrians also have the right-of-way in crosswalks without traffic signals.
A pedestrian may not suddenly enter a crosswalk and step into the path of an oncoming car that is so near that the driver does not have a reasonable amount of time to stop.
Pedestrians walking along a road without a sidewalk should walk on the left side facing oncoming traffic.
Many fatal collisions involving pedestrian and motor vehicles occur in locations other than crosswalks, according to the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. It is important for walkers to understand and obey the traffic laws that apply to pedestrians.
Pedestrians who are crossing a road in an urban area at a location where there is no marked crosswalk have a legal responsibility to yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.
- Drivers who are making a turn at an intersection have a duty to yield to pedestrians.
- Drivers should keep a lookout for pedestrians when backing out of parking spaces or driveways.
- Drivers should yield to school buses when they display a flashing stop sign indicating that children are crossing the street.
When Boston drivers disregard pedestrian walk signals and traffic safety laws and harm pedestrians, they may be found to be negligent and liable for the injuries caused by their actions. It is important to discuss your legal rights with a knowledgeable Boston pedestrian accident lawyer if you have been injured by a car while walking.