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Navigating your Rights as a Pedestrian

During this time of year, daylight is shorter, and we see a higher frequency of pedestrian-vehicle accidents.

Our experience has taught us that, in New Brunswick, pedestrians are often unaware of their rights and access to insurance benefits. Here are some helpful things to know if you or a loved one is a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Section B Insurance

Every motor vehicle insured in New Brunswick carries what’s known as “Section B insurance”. Section B Insurance covers medical costs, income benefits and death benefits. A pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle has access to those benefits.

For more information on Section B benefits, please click the following link:

Section B

Crosswalks and the Right of Way

Just as roads and highways have specific rules, crosswalks are designated areas where pedestrians typically have the right of way. Vehicles are legally required to yield to pedestrians within marked crosswalks. However, it’s important to note that there may be instances where the right of way at a crosswalk is determined by traffic signals and local regulations.

 

Walking on Roads

If there are no sidewalks available, pedestrians walking along or on a highway should, whenever possible, walk on the left side of the road or its shoulder, facing oncoming traffic. However, vehicles also bear the responsibility to be vigilant and cautious around pedestrians, especially in areas without designated sidewalks.

 

Conclusion

There are many proactive steps both drivers and pedestrians can take to avoid a pedestrian-vehicle accident. Here are a few tips:

  • Respect Crosswalks – always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and pedestrians should use crosswalks whenever possible.

 

  • Stay Attentive – both drivers and pedestrians should remain attentive to their surroundings to prevent accidents.

 

  • Follow Traffic Signals – pedestrians should adhere to traffic signals, and drivers should respect signals indicating pedestrians have the right-of-way.

 

  • Exercise Caution – drivers should exercise extra caution in areas with high pedestrian traffic, such as near schools, busy intersections, and parking lots.

Understanding these principles can contribute to a safer environment for both pedestrians and drivers alike.

If you are a pedestrian and have been involved in an accident, we encourage you to contact a lawyer.

Correia & Collins represents accident and injury victims. Contact us by phone at 506-648-1700 or online for advice. Your first consultation is free.