Boulder City Magazine® April 2010 Issue
by Bruce L. Woodbury, Esq.
Jolley, Urga, Wirth, Woodbury & Standish
Most of us are under the mistaken impression that pedestrian crosswalks exist only on portions of streets which are distinctly indicated as such by lines or other markings on the road surface. However, Nevada law provides that a crosswalk also exists at intersections in a straight line from sidewalk to sidewalk.
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|The actual wording of the law defining an unmarked crosswalk is “that part of a highway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in an absence of curbs, from the edges of the traveled portion of highways.” Nevada Revised Statutes 484.043.
My 6-year old grandson was recently hit by a truck as he crossed just such an unmarked crosswalk in Boulder City on his way to school. He suffered serious injuries, but is now recovering quite well.
It is important for motorists to know that they must yield the right of way to pedestrians or bicyclists who are crossing a street, or closely approaching the street from a sidewalk areas, at an intersection. There are other laws which place a special duty of care and caution on all motorists to be aware of and avoid collisions with both pedestrians and bicyclists.
Under Nevada law, children are not judged by standards applicable to adults, but are only required to exercise that degree of care which is normal for a child of that same age, intelligence and experience.
Drivers can never be too cautious in approaching street corners where young children walk or ride their bikes across the street. A failure to do so can lead to tragic consequences for the children and serious legal repercussions for the driver. In my many years of handling personal injury cases, I have seen this scenario far too often.
Bruce L. Woodbury is an attorney with the law firm of Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish. The firm has offices in Boulder City and Las Vegas. To contact Bruce visit his website at www.juww.com.
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