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What are the laws for pedestrians in Iowa?

Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk people around the roads. In an accident, a pedestrian can't protect him or herself; the impact can cause severe injuries and fatalities, even at slower speeds.

To help reduce the number of injuries taking place on the roads, there are laws regarding pedestrians and how they should cross the roads. The laws also describe how drivers should approach pedestrians in the roadway. If you're injured as a result of a driver who doesn't obey traffic laws regarding pedestrians, then you have the right to look into your legal options for compensation.

All 50 states have different rules for pedestrian crossings, although one thing is true in all: Drivers should always yield to a person in a crosswalk. The number of pedestrian deaths rose by 6.4 percent between 2006 and 2011. Injuries rose by 10 percent in the same time frame, showing how important it is for drivers and pedestrians to work together to prevent injuries and accidents.

While all states have rules, they can vary slightly. For example, in Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey and Iowa, drivers have to yield to a pedestrian who is in any part of the roadway. This is different than Louisiana, for instance, where the driver only has to yield if the pedestrian is on the same half of the road.

In Iowa specifically, drivers always have to yield to those crossing at an intersection, whether or not there is a marked crosswalk. If pedestrians are not at an intersection, they are allowed to cross the street but must yield to the right-or-way of oncoming vehicles.

Source: NCSL, "Pedestrian Crossing: 50 State Summary," accessed Oct. 18, 2016

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