A Quick Guide to Alabama’s Pedestrian Accident Laws
The state of Alabama has laws that specifically apply to pedestrians, which explain when pedestrians and vehicles need to yield to each other. Knowing these state laws can help you avoid an accident and protect yourself while out walking.*
In Alabama, people expect to be safe when walking on the sidewalks and crossing streets. The state has enacted laws designed to protect pedestrians and motorists when pedestrians are walking on the roadway or attempting to cross a roadway. Both pedestrians and drivers need to follow the laws in order to prevent collisions.
Pedestrians in Alabama are required to obey the traffic signals at intersections. This includes both lights and crossing signals that indicate when pedestrians can cross a road. If the crossing signal says “Walk,” pedestrians have the right-of-way at an intersection, and all drivers traveling toward the intersection have to yield to the pedestrians. Drivers must wait until pedestrians are completely across the road before proceeding through the intersection.
In Alabama, pedestrians also have the right-of-way at intersections that do not have crossing signals. Vehicles need to yield to pedestrians who want to cross the roadway, and the drivers again need to wait until the pedestrians are safely across before continuing into the intersection.
However, if a pedestrian is trying to cross a roadway outside of a crosswalk or at an area away from an intersection, the oncoming vehicles have the right-of-way, and pedestrians need to yield. Pedestrians must wait until all oncoming vehicles have completely passed before entering the road to cross.
If sidewalks are present on a roadway in Alabama, pedestrians must use the sidewalks and not walk in the roadway. If no sidewalks are present, pedestrians may walk in the shoulder of the road and maintain as much distance from the lane of travel as possible.
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