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Do you know why pedestrian accidents happen?

Knowledge is power when it comes to your safety, and this is definitely the case when you're a pedestrian. The more you know, the easier it is to avoid an accident that results in serious injury or death.

Here are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:

  • Distracted driving, including cellphone use, eating, drinking, smoking and talking to passengers
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding, especially through an area that has a high concentration of pedestrians
  • Disobeying traffic signals or signs
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Disregarding weather conditions, such as rain or snow
  • Disregarding traffic conditions, such as during rush hour
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medication

The problem with these common causes of pedestrian accidents is that you can't do anything about the way people drive. You can carefully watch for negligence, but you can't stop the person from making a mistake.

What you can do, however, is keep your distance from motor vehicles when at all possible. Also, get into the habit of crossing the road at designated crosswalks. You can also enhance your safety by making eye contact with drivers.

If you're struck by a motor vehicle you should expect to require immediate medical treatment. From broken bones and abrasions to a concussion, there's a good chance you have more than one injury.

Once you receive medical care, learn more about the accident and the next steps you can take. There are things you can do to protect your rights, all the while holding the negligent driver responsible for their mistake.

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