After viral video, lawyers confirm: Yes, there is a rule against walking across the highway
“Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing at uncontrolled intersections or in a marked crosswalk,” she says. “At a pedestrian controlled intersection, they have the right of way when the light signals them to walk. At a timed (standard) intersection, they are also only permitted to walk when the walk signal is on. A pedestrian is never supposed to cross in the middle of a four-lane highway.”
A pedestrian can be held partly liable if a driver must brake unexpectedly, but in this case, problems might arise, said Lee. For one, it’s not clear if the driver was slowing down and moving over or trying to overtake slowed traffic. While not illegal, the latter might leave some fault with the driver, she said.
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