If you're a pedestrian in the state of Texas, it's important to be aware of the jaywalking laws. Jaywalking is when a pedestrian crosses a street or highway where they are not supposed to cross.
In Texas, there are specific laws that deal with jaywalking. In this blog post, we will discuss the details of these laws so that you have a better understanding of these rules.
Penalties for Violating Texas Jaywalking Laws
If you are caught jaywalking in Texas, you can be fined up to $200, although citations typically amount to anywhere between $20 and $160. The fine for jaywalking is the same regardless of whether you are crossing a street or a highway. If you are crossing a highway, you may also be required to perform community service.
However, most of the time, you will not receive a citation and instead will be provided with education on how jaywalking can be dangerous.
Exceptions to the Law
There are some exceptions to the law. For example, if there is no sidewalk available, you may cross the street as long as you do so at a 90-degree angle and yield to oncoming traffic. You should also use caution when crossing streets in residential areas and school zones.
Suffering Injuries While Jaywalking
If you are hit by a car while jaywalking, the driver may not be held liable for your injuries. This is because you were breaking the law by crossing the street where you were not supposed to. However, if the driver was speeding or otherwise driving recklessly, they may still be held liable for your injuries.
If you have been injured in a jaywalking accident, it's important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options.
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At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we have extensive experience handling pedestrian accident cases. We know how to investigate these cases and build a strong claim on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation.
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