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How can children and the elderly stay safe as pedestrians?

Children and seniors are the most likely to be hurt as pedestrians in a motor vehicle accident. To prevent this from happening, it's important that children and the elderly are well-educated in how to avoid making mistakes on or near the roads. Drivers do have a higher duty of care to prevent accidents, but prevention is always key.

Pedestrians of all ages should cross only at intersections. They should make sure to be visible when they begin to cross, which means never walking into traffic from between two parked cars, where they may be hidden from drivers' view.

Everyone should look both ways before crossing. Listening for traffic can also be helpful if there are blind spots in the road. Don't simply cross because a signal says that it's okay to do so. That could result in an accident due to a driver running a red light or for other reasons.

If there's no sidewalk to use, pedestrians should walk as close to the side of the road as possible. Always face traffic, because it's easier to make eye contact with drivers and to make yourself seen to them.

Finally, remember to obey all traffic signals. Even if there is no traffic, don't cross the street unless you're given the signal to cross safely.

If a loved one has been hit by a dangerous or negligent driver, it's important that you get the help you need to cover his or her medical expenses and deal with other needs. Your attorney can help you build a case against the driver who is responsible for the accident.

Source: The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, "Pedestrian Safety," accessed June 29, 2016

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