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What’s an unmarked crosswalk? Who has the right of way?

The concept of an unmarked crosswalk is often misunderstood. Unfortunately, this lack of familiarity and understanding can lead to serious car accidents involving pedestrians. Texas has specific laws that define the responsibilities of both drivers and pedestrians with regard to unmarked crosswalks, and we’re happy to elaborate on the subject.

While most everyone knows that vehicles must stop for pedestrians using a marked crosswalk, many drivers don’t realize that they’re also required by law to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at “unmarked” crosswalks.

Pedestrian Crossing Laws in Texas
An Example of an Unmarked Crosswalk

What is an unmarked crossing?

Essentially, most every intersection is also considered to represent a crosswalk (even when there are no indicators or painted crosswalk lines). Think of an unmarked crosswalk as an extension of a sidewalk that extends across intersecting roads. Every corner is a crosswalk whether it is pained or not.

Right-of-way laws in Texas.

Under Texas law, vehicles are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, marked OR unmarked, when in the same half of the roadway as the pedestrian (or if a pedestrian is approaching your half of the roadway from the opposite side of the road).

If a pedestrian is approaching traffic from a sidewalk that crosses an alley, private road, driveway, or building, approaching vehicles must yield the right of way.

If a crosswalk is equipped with traffic lights, pedestrians must only cross when they are facing a green light (unless that signal is a sole green arrow). If the intersection is equipped with a pedestrian control signals, the pedestrian may only cross when facing a “Walk” signal.

Texas Laws on Pedestrian Crossings
Unmarked Crosswalks and Texas Law

Pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles any time they are attempting to cross anywhere other than a marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk located at an intersection.

§ 552.005 (b) of the Texas Transportation Code states that “Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, a pedestrian may cross only in a marked crosswalk.” This means that pedestrians are still free to cross the street (when safe) at any point between intersections if at least one of the two adjacent intersections is not controlled by a signal. If both adjacent intersections are equipped with traffic lights, the pedestrian must only cross at the intersection.

While some drivers may consider crossing between intersections as jaywalking, Texas law clearly states otherwise. At the same time, some cities and municipalities may have enacted local ordinances which place additional rules on pedestrian crossings, so it is best to check with your local police department or city hall for any related ordinances.

The following sections from the Texas Transportation Code provide some additional clarification regarding the obligation of both pedestrians and drivers:






If you’ve been injured while crossing a roadway and are unsure of how the law applies in your situation, give us a call at 1-877-405-4313. We’re happy to provide a free consultation over the phone (or email), and can let you know exactly what your options are moving forward.

  1. I always cross a highway by my house not with a crosswalk or a unmarked crosswalk, would this be illegal because I heard one time that it’s not illegal in Texas and I can’t find the answer online anywhere

  2. A newlywed lady stopped @ a stop sign & did not proceed on. When her husband asked her why, she replied, “I’m waiting for it to turn green. 😅😅

  3. Great article regarding pedestrian rights and traffic laws! Thank you for posting and elaborating. I recently almost got ran over on a marked crosswalk and I thought I was at fault. Now the driver is trying to sue me. A cop detective was threatening me that I will have a warrant. This article helped greatly! Thank you!

  4. Thanks for this. We have the same requirement in Idaho, too. A lot of drivers have no idea; I only learned about this in the last few years.

    A modest suggestion to cut to the chase with your headline:
    Drivers Required By Law to Yield To Pedestrians At “Unmarked” Crosswalks

    Those first 4 words are the crux. “Unmarked” crosswalks the hook.

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