Oregon Pedestrian Safety Law
In today's post, we discuss Oregon Pedestrian Law. Some of the most serious injuries are caused when a pedestrian and a motorist are involved in an accident. Because the pedestrian has so little to shield them from the impact, they take the brunt of the hit, often leaving them with serious injuries. If you were in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to serious financial compensation to recover from those serious injuries.
The law gives special protections to pedestrians. The law also gives special responsibilities to pedestrians. Navigating the legal issues around a pedestrian accident can be difficult. When this occurs, a personal injury attorney can help. Our personal injury attorneys work on contingency. If we don't win for you, we don't charge a fee.
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Oregon Pedestrian Law from a Portland Car Accident Attorney
Oregon law lays out exactly when a pedestrian has the right of way and when they must yield to traffic. Pedestrians must follow all traffic control devices, just as vehicles. When a car and a pedestrian both have a signal, the car must yield the right of way to the pedestrian. So, for instance, if a car were making a right turn on a green light and there was a pedestrian who has a walk signal with that green light, the car would need to yield until the pedestrian had passed safely.
For drivers who do not follow these laws, a ticket may be issued that is a Class B traffic violation. But more importantly, if they don’t follow the law, they could seriously injure a pedestrian.
Just as important as when pedestrians have the right of way, is when they don't. ORS 811.028 lists the following situation as when a vehicle does NOT have to stop:
"Upon a roadway with a safety island, if the driver is proceeding along the half of the roadway on the far side of the safety island from the pedestrian..."
Determining negligence is incredibly important in a personal injury case. If you were not following the law, it could impact your case. This is why having an attorney on your side can really help in these situations. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know what to investigate and what evidence to gather.
A Portland Personal Injury Attorney can help pedestrians who have been struck by vehicles get the money they are owed. At Johnson Law, we hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence, ensuring that our clients get every penny they are owed after an accident. This way, they can focus on the important job of getting healthy while we make sure they are fairly compensated. If you have been struck by a vehicle, contact Johnson Law today for a free consultation.