Know Your Pedestrians’ Rights, Albuquerque

If you’re on foot, you don’t stand a chance against an oncoming car. Pedestrians are still part of traffic in any area, and in Albuquerque, people are crossing streets all the time. New Mexico state law says that a driver must yield to a pedestrian regardless of where they are in the road, but this doesn’t always happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, Hinkle Law Offices, P.C. can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Your Rights as a Pedestrian

Common sense should be used regardless of where you are on the road—behind the wheel of a car, on a bicycle, motorcycle or on foot. However, if you’re trying to cross a road on foot, you have the right of way. A driver is supposed to yield to a pedestrian regardless of where they are on the road. Marked crosswalks make street crossing safer, but if you’re in a residential area, you have the right of way when crossing a street.

But if there’s low visibility, poor weather conditions, road hazards or the driver is negligent, you’re at risk. If you’re struck by a car, the cost of injuries can be thousands of dollars. This doesn’t include loss of earning potential, lost wages and the pain and suffering that you’ve endured.

No Reason for Financial Suffering

Pedestrians have the right to expect a safe road crossing, especially if they’ve exercised common sense and looked both ways before moving forward. And if the driver involved suffers criminal penalties, it doesn’t help you in your financial hardships. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation to cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning potential

Hinkle Law Offices, P.C. can help you get the damages you deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact us today and schedule your free initial consultation.

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