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Why do pedestrian accidents keep happening?

In today's day and age, you would think that drivers and pedestrians alike would do whatever it takes to avoid being involved in an accident. Unfortunately, these types of accidents continue to occur in every state throughout the country.

There are times when a driver is responsible for a pedestrian accident. There are also times when the pedestrian is the person who causes the accident, due to a situation such as crossing the street without looking both ways.

Pedestrian accidents happen for many reasons, and unmarked crosswalks continue to be a primary culprit. Using a signaled crosswalk can be the difference between staying safe and being hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, there are times when a pedestrian uses a crosswalk that they can see, but the driver is unaware it is there.

What about distracted driving? This has claimed many lives over the years, while also injuring thousands upon thousands of people. It is not just drivers who need to be aware of this. Pedestrians must also avoid distractions, such as texting, as this can lead them into a dangerous situation.

Just the same as motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents continue to occur for many reasons. This is true even with drivers and pedestrians aware of the many risks around them.

If a person is walking, jogging or running, they should do whatever it takes to remain safe. In the event that an accident still occurs due to a negligent driver, the victim may want to speak with an attorney about his or her rights.

Source: Traffic Safety Store, "Why People Get Hit: Eight Causes of Pedestrian Accidents" Dec. 10, 2014

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