Rhode Island's Pedestrian Laws
Many people assume that pedestrians always have the right of way, but this is not the case. If you are a Rhode Island resident or just here visiting our beautiful state, you should familiarize yourself and obey our state’s pedestrian traffic laws R.I.G.L. § 31-18-3 so that you can keep you and your family safe.
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Below is a summary of Rhode Island’s pedestrian laws:
All pedestrians must follow traffic control signals.
If there is no traffic signal but there is a crosswalk, then the pedestrian does have the right of way. The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slow down or stop if need be to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within the crosswalk. However, no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle so that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
When a pedestrian is crossing outside of the crosswalk, cars have the right of way. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway 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 roadway. In all situations, drivers must exercise “due care” to avoid colliding with pedestrians and bicyclists.
When there is a sidewalk available, pedestrians may not walk in the road except to cross.
In areas with no sidewalks, any person walking, jogging, or running shall, when practicable, walk, jog or run only on the left side of the roadway or facing traffic.
Under no circumstances shall anyone walk, run, or jog on any interstate highway.
Any person jogging or running during the time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, shall, wear reflective material, which is visible by low beam headlamps from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500').
It is important to note that violations of these laws are subject to fines.
If you were hit by a motor vehicle, contact Personal Injury Attorney Ann Sheeley for a free consultation. Our firm has years of experience representing pedestrians that were injured. Accidents can take a major toll on your life. You can count on Sheeley Law to stand by your side, be a strong advocate, and seek full compensation for your losses and personal injury.