Nebraska Pedestrian Laws
December 12, 2020 • Auto Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are common causes of deaths and injuries in Nebraska each year. Statistics from the state’s Department of Transportation reported 248 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in 2019. Twenty of these victims were pedestrians. If you walk around Nebraska often, learn the state’s pedestrian laws to keep yourself safe. Breaking the law can cause a preventable tragedy.
Common Traffic Laws Pedestrians Should Follow
Pedestrians are a type of roadway user. Although it may feel as though pedestrians should receive special privileges due to how vulnerable they are to injuries in accidents, they must obey the law just like other roadway users. Pedestrians in Nebraska have unique traffic laws they must obey compared to bicyclists and motorists.
- Stop and look for cars at a stop sign or stoplight before crossing the road.
- Obey all crosswalk signals and traffic control devices.
- Never step off a curb when it is not safe to do so.
- Yield the right-of-way to other road users when it applies.
- Use sidewalks where available.
- Walk as far to the right-hand side of the road when there is no sidewalk.
- Cross only at crosswalks or intersections (do not jaywalk).
These are only some examples of many general traffic laws and common sense rules pedestrians should follow in Nebraska. If you walk or jog around town, obey these rules to reduce your chances of getting into an accident. Exercise caution and common sense as well for enhanced safety.
Do Pedestrians Have the Right-of-Way?
According to Nebraska Revised Statute 60-6,153, pedestrians in Nebraska do not always have the right-of-way. In a place where traffic control signals are provided and in proper working order, pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles that are approaching close enough to constitute a hazard. The law states that no pedestrian has the right to suddenly step off a curb into the path of an oncoming vehicle that is so close that a reasonable driver could not stop.
A driver in Nebraska must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, however, if the traffic control signal gives this right. If a driver has a red light and the traffic control signal says Walk, the driver must yield to the pedestrian. A driver must also yield to any pedestrian within a marked crosswalk. In addition, a pedestrian will have the right-of-way to cross an intersection with a four-way stop sign as long as it is safe to do so. Finally, pedestrians do not have the right-of-way when they cross the road where prohibited (jaywalk).
Is Jaywalking Illegal in Nebraska?
Jaywalking refers to a pedestrian crossing the road at a place other than an intersection or crosswalk. Although jaywalking is technically against the law according to Nebraska Revised Statute 60-6,154, the state seldom enforces this law. Do not expect to receive a ticket for jaywalking in Nebraska; however, refrain from making this mistake, as it could increase your risk of a traffic accident and hurt your chances of obtaining compensation.
Nebraska is a comparative negligence state. This law in Nebraska has a 50% rule. During a personal injury claim, if you are found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident in question, you will be unable to collect financial compensation from the driver. If you were less than 50% at fault, but still somewhat responsible, the court will reduce your award by your percentage of fault. Whether or not you obeyed state laws, therefore, is an important distinction if you wish to maximize your financial compensation.
Were You Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Nebraska, do not hesitate to contact an Omaha pedestrian accident attorney at Matthew G. Miller for assistance. Our lawyers can help you understand your rights and defend them against a driver during an injury claim.