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Pedestrians must exercise safety

Many individuals mistakenly believe that pedestrians always maintain the right of way when they enter a street. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous and inaccurate idea, one that costs many pedestrians their lives each year, and leaves some of those who survive an injury accident with few options to seek compensation for their injuries.

It is crucial to take responsibility for your own safety as much as possible when you are a pedestrian. Simply being mindful of several pedestrian safety principles can help you avoid becoming the victim of an automobile-pedestrian accident.

Most injury accidents occur when a motorist does not see a pedestrian enter a street. While crossing a street or roadway somewhere other than a crosswalk is not always illegal, and may seem much more convenient, you risk being struck by motorist who has no reason to expect a pedestrian might enter the street. This is especially true when a pedestrian enters a street from between vehicles parked on the side of the street.

Many other injuries occur because pedestrians are not mindful of their surroundings. It is never wise to cross a street while looking at your mobile device, and certainly not wise to cross a street without looking both ways to check for oncoming traffic.

Crossing a street with children is also a dangerous thing in its own right. If you are crossing a street with a child, always be sure to hold the child's hand as you cross and be sure to look both ways twice to make sure you can safely make it to the other side.

Unfortunately, even when proper safety precautions are followed, accidents still happen. If you have suffered an injury in an automobile-pedestrian accident, an experienced attorney can help you determine how you might pursue fair compensation for your losses.

Source: Safety Awareness for Everyone, "WalkSafe," accessed April 07, 2017

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