Do drivers have to wait for pedestrians at yield signs?

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It’s clear that drivers have to wait for pedestrians at stop signs and crosswalks. Pedestrian safety is very important, and motorists are supposed to let the pedestrian cross the road before continuing on.

But what about at a yield sign? The driver is supposed to slow down and yield to cross traffic, but they’re not obligated to come to a complete stop if they can see that there is no cross traffic. If someone is attempting to cross the road in the same area, do they have to wait for the car to go through the intersection, or does the driver have to wait for the pedestrian?

The pedestrian still has the right of way

Generally speaking, the pedestrian still has the right of way in a case like this, and the driver must yield to them. Their obligation is not just to yield to other cars but to anything that is going to cross their path. If they see that someone has started crossing or is already in the road, they can’t use the yield sign as an excuse not to come to a complete stop.

Unfortunately, drivers don’t always understand this, and many of them take yield signs very quickly. They are a bit more relaxed in their approach than they would be if it was a stop sign. This can put pedestrians at serious risk, as even a low-speed collision can cause devastating injuries. Those who are injured in these kinds of crashes need to know about all the legal options they have to seek financial compensation. This can help with medical bills, lost wages and much more.