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Common causes of pedestrian accidents

As a pedestrian, you're sure to be nervous anytime you find yourself near motor vehicles. You understand that an accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

Knowledge of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents can help keep you safe:

  • Distracted driving: If a driver isn't paying attention to the road, they don't always see pedestrians or make note of conditions that could cause an accident.
  • Reckless driving: This takes on many forms, such as speeding, running a red light or stop sign or failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  • Driving under the influence: Drugs and alcohol impair a driver's ability to make sound decisions. For instance, someone who is drunk may drive through a red light, thus putting everyone in the area at risk of injury.
  • Disregard for weather conditions: When weather conditions change, such as rain moving into the area, drivers must adjust their driving style. This can include everything from slowing down to using their headlights.

If you're struck by a motor vehicle, it's likely that you'll suffer a variety of injuries. From broken bones to abrasions to a traumatic brain injury, you never know what could happen.

It's critical to receive medical attention at the scene, while also being transported to a local hospital.

Once you understand your injuries and prognosis, learn more about the cause of the accident and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights as the victim. You may be able to receive compensation from the negligent party, such as by filing a lawsuit.

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