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A driver could lose focus, cause a pedestrian accident

As a driver, you understand that you could be operating your vehicle in close proximity to pedestrians. For example, this typically comes into play if you're driving through a busy city.

Conversely, as a pedestrian, you realize that you need to take extra caution to avoid trouble. You never want to find yourself in a situation where you've been struck by a vehicle.

Unfortunately, if a driver makes a mistake in close proximity to a pedestrian, there's a greater chance of an accident occurring. Here are some of the many mistakes that often lead to this type of accident:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting instead of watching where pedestrians are walking
  • Speeding or any other form of reckless driving
  • Neglecting to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk
  • Failing to change driving habits as a result of inclement weather or traffic conditions
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medication

There is never a good time for a driver to lose focus, as this could lead to an accident in which a pedestrian suffers a serious injury. Even worse, due to the fact that pedestrians have no protection, this type of collision could result in a fatality.

If a vehicle ever strikes you, you need to receive immediate medical attention. This starts with calling 911 and waiting for help to arrive.

Once you receive treatment and have a medical team guiding you, it's a good idea to focus on your legal rights. This means finding out why the accident occurred and what you can do to seek compensation for your injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," accessed Feb. 22, 2018

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