'Jaywalking' refers to crossing the road outside of a marked crosswalk. In Georgia, jaywalking is legal in most locations; however, pedestrians need to take certain precautions when crossing the road at a point other than a crosswalk.
Before crossing the road at a point other than a crosswalk, a pedestrian must yield the right of way to vehicles on the road. Once the vehicles have passed, the pedestrian can then walk across the road. If a pedestrian chooses to cross the road at a location that has an overhead pedestrian crossing or pedestrian tunnel, he or she must again yield the right of way to vehicles.
Pedestrians are prohibited from crossing between intersections with traffic lights at any place other than a crosswalk; however, it is legal to cross between an intersection that has a stop sign and a traffic signal.
Pedestrians should not cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by a traffic signal. If there is a traffic signal, pedestrians may only cross when directed by it.
Contact an Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorney
An accident involving a pedestrian has the potential to cause life-changing injuries. Fortunately, a qualified Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith is here to help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and more. Click here for our guide, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?, or call our law office today at 770-487-8999 for help with your claim.