As a pedestrian, you should always be on the lookout for dangerous situations. For example, you don't want to cross the street until you are 100 percent sure that it's safe to do so.
Unfortunately, drivers don't always take as much caution as they should. As a result, they end up striking a pedestrian, which can lead to serious injury or even death.
Drivers are responsible for exercising reasonable care. Here are some of the common factors that often contribute to driver negligence:
- Speeding and other forms of reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals, such as stop signs and traffic lights
- Failure to change their approach based on the weather and/or traffic conditions
- Neglecting to signal when making a turn
- Failure to stop when a pedestrian is crossing at a crosswalk
All drivers should get into the habit of avoiding behavior that can cause a pedestrian accident.
Conversely, there are also things you can do as a pedestrian to remain safe. Consider the following:
- Do your best to only cross the street at designated crosswalks
- Don't disrupt the flow of traffic
- Never ignore the "don't walk" signal at an intersection
- Resist darting in front of a vehicle in an attempt to cross the street
If you're careful about what you're doing, it's much easier to avoid a pedestrian accident. This holds true even if a driver is acting in a less-than-responsible manner.
A pedestrian accident is just as serious as it sounds. If you find yourself in this situation, stay where you are and wait for help to arrive. Most pedestrian accidents lead to serious injury, such as broken bones, so you don't want to attempt to move.
Once you receive treatment and understand your long-term health outlook, you can focus your attention on the cause of the accident. If driver negligence was the cause, you'll want to learn more about your legal rights and how you can hold this person responsible for his or her actions.