Do You Know Nevada Crosswalk Laws?
A woman was critically injured last month when she was struck in a crosswalk. She was reportedly crossing Las Vegas Boulevard against a “do not walk” signal when she stepped in front of the vehicle. Crosswalks and signals are in place to help keep everyone safe. Are you a Las Vegas pedestrian or driver? Read on for Nevada crosswalk laws.
We hope this article helps you stay safe in and around crosswalks. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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Nevada Crosswalk Laws
Nevada crosswalk laws are designed to protect both drivers and pedestrians. There are numerous Nevada laws that involve crosswalks. Below are four Nevada crosswalk laws that apply in most pedestrian situations.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.280
Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.280, drivers have certain duties to avoid a collision with a pedestrian. Nevada Revised Statute 484B.280 requires that a driver of a motor vehicle shall:
- Exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian;
- Give an audible warning with the horn of the vehicle if appropriate and when necessary to avoid such a collision; and
- Exercise proper caution upon observing a pedestrian:
- On or near a highway, street or road;
- At or near a bus stop or bench, shelter or transit stop for passengers of public mass transportation or in the act of boarding a bus or other public transportation vehicle; or
- In or near a school zone or a school crossing zone marked in accordance with NRS 484B.363 or a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283
Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in certain situations. It also requires pedestrians to obey signals.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283 provides the following, in part:
- When official traffic-control devices are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the highway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which the vehicle is turning, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the highway as to be in danger.
- A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
- Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle until the driver has determined that the vehicle being overtaken was not stopped for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross the highway.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283(d)
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283(d) explains pedestrian signals. Per Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283(d), signals exhibiting the words “Walk,” “Don’t Walk,” “Wait” or similar symbols indicate as follows:
- While the “Walk” indication or walking person symbol is illuminated, pedestrians facing the signal may proceed across the highway in the direction of the signal and must be given the right-of-way by the drivers of all vehicles.
- While the “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol is illuminated, is flashing and is accompanied by a countdown timer, a pedestrian may proceed across the highway in the direction of the signal, but must complete the crossing before the countdown timer gets to zero.
- While the “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol is illuminated and flashing but is not accompanied by a countdown timer, a pedestrian may not proceed to cross the highway, but a pedestrian who entered the highway lawfully pursuant to subparagraph (1) may continue to cross the highway but must proceed to a curb, sidewalk, safety zone if one is provided or other place of safety before the “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol is illuminated and steady.
- While the “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol is illuminated and steady a pedestrian may not proceed to cross the highway, but a pedestrian who entered the highway lawfully pursuant to subparagraph (1) or (2) may continue to cross the highway but must proceed to a curb, sidewalk, safety zone if one is provided or other place of safety as soon as possible.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.287
Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.287 pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles in certain circumstances. Nevada Revised Statute 484B.287 provides the following, in part:
- Every pedestrian crossing a highway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
- Any pedestrian crossing a highway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
- Between adjacent intersections at which official traffic-control devices are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
- A pedestrian shall not cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices.
- When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.293
Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute 484B.293, pedestrians shall move whenever practicable upon the right half of crosswalks.
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We hope the above Nevada crosswalk laws help you understand how everyone can help keep pedestrians safe. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area pedestrian accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
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