Tennessee Rules of The Road – When to yield to pedestrians

05 January 2012 Categories: All Blogs, Car Accident, Personal Injury

There are two main laws in Tennessee dealing with pedestrians in the roadway. They are copied below. The first law states that pedestrians have the right-of-way when they are in a marked crosswalk. The second law states that pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians should also use marked crosswalks when possible. The attorneys and staff of McNulty & Associates walk around downtown Nashville daily going between our offices in Printers Alley and Davidson County Court. We often see cars not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalks as well as pedestrians not properly using the crosswalks. Drivers should always be aware of pedestrians and everyone should use caution in heavy traffic areas such as downtown Nashville.

T.C.A. 55-8-134. Pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks.

(a) (1) Unless in a marked school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, when traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

(2) When in a marked school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver shall remain stopped until the pedestrian has crossed the roadway on which the vehicle is stopped.

(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

(c) Subsection (a) does not apply under the conditions stated in § 55-8-135(b).

(d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

T.C.A. 55-8-135. Crossing at other than crosswalks.

(a) 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.

(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.

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