Pedestrian’s Duty of Care

A pedestrian must exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety. The care required must be proportionate to the danger to be avoided and reasonably anticipated consequences. Contributory negligence may be assessed against a pedestrian if they failed to exercise such care and contributed to the cause of their own injuries.

A few of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:

Ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection
Entering traffic and disrupt the flow
Failing to use marked crosswalks
Darting in front of a vehicle