Recently, there have been several automobile/pedestrian incidents that have resulted in serious injuries and deaths to pedestrians. I am sure that many of you who drive in Utah are surprised there are not more of these automobile/pedestrian incidents. How many times have you seen drivers make a left hand turn and choose to continue with the left hand turn before the pedestrian clears the half of the crosswalk where the car must pass? How many times have you seen drivers make a right hand turn when there are pedestrians in the cross walk and continue with the right hand turn before the pedestrian clears the half of the crosswalk where the car must pass? These actions violate basic motor vehicle pedestrian safety rules and the laws of the State of Utah.
Under Utah law, drivers must wait for the pedestrian to clear the half of the crosswalk where the motor vehicle will pass through the cross walk before making the turn. The purpose for this rule/law is the safety of the pedestrian. Another motor vehicle pedestrian rule/law that drivers must be more aware of is the right of way of a pedestrian at a street intersection without a stop sign or traffic light signal. When approaching this type of an intersection with a pedestrian entering the street, with or without a crosswalk, the pedestrian has the right of way and the driver must stop to allow the pedestrian to pass. Unfortunately, many drivers decide they are in too much of a hurry ignore these safety rules/laws. If we all chose to follow these rules as intended the amount of tragedy in the news would be greatly reduced.
If you need representation for a motor vehicle crash, contact our personal injury attorneys at Mountain View Law Group today. 801-393-5555.