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A negligent driver could cause a car-pedestrian accident

While most drivers understand the importance of paying close attention to their surroundings, some people never think twice about what's happening around them. For this reason, they put other drivers, as well as pedestrians, at risk of an accident.

As a pedestrian, you should never assume that every driver is watching out for your best interests. In fact, you should assume the exact opposite. This approach can greatly enhance your safety.

Here are some of the many factors that contribute to driver negligence, resulting in an accident:

  • Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone or conversing with a passenger
  • Speeding, especially in an area where there is a high concentration of pedestrians
  • Reckless driving, such as rolling through a stop sign or failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Neglecting to use turn signals, especially in the city
  • Disregard for traffic conditions, such as during rush hour
  • Disregard for inclement weather, including rain and snow
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medication

You don't expect to be struck by a vehicle when walking, jogging or riding your bike, but the potential for this to happen is very real.

If you're involved in a car-pedestrian accident, call for immediate help. Also, do your best to administer first aid until paramedics arrive. This can help stabilize your condition, giving you a better chance to minimize the impact of your injuries.

As you receive treatment at a local hospital and recover from your injuries, learn more about the cause of the accident and the steps you can take to hold the negligent driver responsible for striking you.

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