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Pedestrian accidents: Tips for staying safe

As a pedestrian, you know there will be times when motor vehicles are in close proximity to where you are walking. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you do whatever you can to remain safe. The last thing you want is to take a risk or make a decision that puts you in harm's way.

Follow these tips to help avoid being the victim of a pedestrian accident:

-- Cross the street in a crosswalk.

-- Follow signals that tell you when you should and should not cross.

-- Look both ways before starting your journey across the street.

-- When crossing without a signal, cross one lane at a time.

-- Do your best to avoid crossing the street at night, as it can be difficult for drivers to see you.

When you follow these tips, you are decreasing the chance of an accident. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that you will be safe as a pedestrian. Even if you follow all the rules of the road, a driver could make a mistake, such as speeding or running a red light, that causes an accident.

When a person is hit by a motor vehicle, regardless of the type or size, there is a good chance it will cause serious injury or death. The pedestrian does not have any protection, which puts him or her at a disadvantage in terms of avoiding injury.

In some cases -- those in which the driver is negligent -- the victim or his or her family will consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more about their legal rights.

Source: City of Mesa, "Pedestrian Safety Tips" accessed Feb. 03, 2015

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