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Failure to yield: A common cause of auto-pedestrian accidents

In order to obtain a driver's license an Ohio resident must pass a test that examines their knowledge of roadway safety and laws. Knowing what to do and how to react to different driving scenarios is important for drivers to understand so that they may avoid traffic accidents with other vehicles and pedestrians. The failure of drivers to understand the rules they are subject to can put them and others in the path of danger.

For example, in Ohio drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are in crosswalks. If there are not signals directing the flow of auto and pedestrian traffic, vehicles drivers are tasked with slowing or stopping for pedestrians that are in crosswalks. The failure to do so can put pedestrians in the paths of moving vehicles and can expose them to serious potential dangers and injuries.

In fact, Ohio drivers can face legal penalties for failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or overtaking vehicles that have legally yielded to pedestrians. Starting at the end of October, drivers who engage in these dangerous practices may face additional penalties if their conduct was caused by distracted driving.

When a driver blows through a crosswalk without regard to the presence of others in it, they take on the great risk of harming others and exposing themselves to serious legal liability. That is because victims of auto-pedestrian accidents may often sue for their damages in the civil courts of Ohio. A failure-to-yield auto-pedestrian accident case may allow a victim to recover the financial damages they sustained due to their injuries as well as other possible forms of compensation.

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