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The most common causes of pedestrian accidents

No matter the cause, a pedestrian accident is extremely serious. Due to the force and fact that the pedestrian has no protection, this person could be seriously injured or even killed when struck by a vehicle.

There are many causes of pedestrian accidents, with some more common than others. Here are some of the most common causes:

-- Improper lane use. This happens when a vehicle is driving in the wrong lane of the road, thus hitting somebody who is crossing or bicycling in the other lane.

-- Unmarked crosswalks. Intersections are often the scenes of pedestrian accidents. When a crosswalk is unmarked or worn out, it increases the likelihood of an accident.

-- Left-hand turns. More people get hit by vehicles turning left than right, as both parties are often looking in another direction.

-- Alcohol or drug use. When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there is always an increased chance of striking a pedestrian or another vehicle.

-- Dark clothes. This has nothing to do with the driver and everything to do with the pedestrian. If possible, don't wear dark clothes if you plan on being on the road as a pedestrian after the sun goes down.

When you understand the many common causes of pedestrian accidents, you can help yourself avoid trouble. But even with the best intentions and all this knowledge, it only takes one mistake by a driver to cause an accident.

If you are struck by a car, don't make the mistake of trying to walk away from the scene. You need to contact the authorities for immediate medical treatment.

Source: Traffic Safety Store, "Why People Get Hit: Eight Causes of Pedestrian Accidents," accessed May 20, 2016

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