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What are some tips for preventing pedestrian crashes?

Pedestrian vs car accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. Obviously, the weight of a motor vehicle versus a pedestrian leaves little room for a positive outcome when the two collide. There are, however, some things that can be done to increase the chances of preventing pedestrian crashes. Pedestrians should consider the following:

-- Dress appropriately for maximum visibility. Wear bright, reflective clothing to make it easier for motorists to see you.

-- Know which routes are safest. If you have a choice between taking a busy street or a quiet neighborhood road, take the safer route. Think about the amount and type of traffic, nighttime lighting, sidewalks and other safer pedestrian features.

-- Follow the law. In many cases, there are laws in place to help protect pedestrians. These include using sidewalks when available, walking far to the left of traffic, facing the oncoming vehicles and using crosswalks. Obey pedestrian traffic signals and anticipate what motorists will do.

-- Avoid walking with distractions. Many people use headphones when walking or running. This can take your mind -- and your ears -- off of what is happening on the road. When weather is an issue, give motorists more time to complete their turns, move over or stop.

These are just a few of the things a pedestrian can do to help prevent pedestrian crashes. Unfortunately, pedestrian vs motor vehicle accidents will still occur. When a pedestrian is injured through no fault of his or her own, then he or she may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney experienced in such cases can provide you with more information and legal options for seeking damages.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Prevent Pedestrian Crashes," accessed Sep. 04, 2015

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