Are pedestrians required to obey general traffic laws?

In the state of Illinois, pedestrians must adhere to specific laws to avoid the possibility of being charged with a traffic infraction. If you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian traffic accident, you might be wondering exactly who is at fault and whether you have a case. Being involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long-term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

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To begin to understand pedestrian traffic laws, you should know that pedestrians must uphold a certain degree of responsibility while traveling on any state roadways or highways. And according to the “Pedestrians’ Rights and Duties” chapter of the Illinois Vehicle Code, pedestrians must obey laws specific to non-vehicles.

Based on this Code, pedestrians have to obey any traffic device applicable to them unless a police officer says otherwise. So what exactly is legal and illegal for pedestrians? Well, as a pedestrian you:

  • Have to pay attention to traffic control signals wherever sidewalks are provided.
  • Cannot walk on areas of the road intended for vehicles if there are sidewalks in place.
  • Are allowed to walk on left-side shoulder of the road if there are no sidewalks, but you must face approaching traffic.
  • Can’t stand in the road to hitchhike, ask vehicles for money or conduct business.
  • Can’t stand in or near a road to solicit or guard any parked automobiles.
  • Have the right of way. This means someone in a car needs to let you cross the street at a traffic signal if you’re in the crosswalk and have the right of way (per traffic signal).
  • Are granted the right to cross wherever there is a crosswalk and a driver has a stop sign.
  • Are still granted the right of way even if there are no traffic control signals functioning or at the site. A driver in this case would need to slow or stop to grant you right of way. And other drivers nearby must also slow down or stop so you can safely cross.
  • Can’t suddenly walk off a curb or run into traffic because a driver will not be able to yield to you.
  • Have to give vehicles the right of way when you are crossing a road or highway outside of a crosswalk or where there is no crosswalk.
  • Must not cross intersections or roads in a diagonal fashion unless directed by a traffic control device.
  • Cannot enter or stay on bridges beyond the bridge signal or gate once an operation signal indicator is given.
  • Cannot jump from a publicly owned bridge.
  • Also cannot pass a crossing gate or barrier at any railroad or bridge crossings when gate is closed.
  • Are not allowed to walk up a limited access facility or ramp that connects to a road unless you’re a maintenance government employee.

Basically, if you are a walker, as long as you abide by these rules, you might have a case if involved in a pedestrian traffic accident. However, if you do not abide by the rules outlined above, you could be found guilty of a noncriminal traffic infraction. This may sound confusing, and that is why it’s so important to have a trusted lawyer by your side. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your pedestrian accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

Having handled thousands of personal injury cases, the qualified attorneys at the law offices of Attorney Dan Newlin & Partners have the experience it takes to help you fight for your rights. The consultation is free and we can help answer any questions you may have, support you throughout your legal battle and ensure you receive any compensation you might be entitled to. My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the victims of pedestrian accidents, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of the pedestrian accident. On many occasions we find that pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries and devastating property loss and that injured victims are often times left with permanent incapacitating injuries. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.

If you have questions about your pedestrian accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.