Pedestrian safety is everyone's concern

Everyone has a duty to help keep others around them safe on the roads. When pedestrians are around, they must be an additional focus of these efforts. A pedestrian will almost always lose when they are in an accident with a vehicle.

No matter what your role is in the matter, you should remain alert and vigilant about watching what is going on around you. No pedestrians or drivers should ever be impaired by any substance, including alcohol. Cellphones and other devices should be put away so that they don't become a distraction.

Pedestrians should always walk in a safe place. Typically, they should walk on the sidewalk and only cross at crosswalks. They might need to cross at an intersection if there isn't a crosswalk available, however. Drivers must watch these areas carefully so they don't strike a person who is walking.

There is an increased risk of danger for people who are walking from 8:00 at night and midnight. This time frame is when 32% of all fatal pedestrian crashes occur. Anyone walking when it is dark outside should wear reflective clothing or have something that makes them easier to see.

While drivers should watch for pedestrians, not all do. If you are walking around and see a car coming toward you at a fast rate of speed, don't try to cross in front of the vehicle. There is no guarantee that they will yield the right of way to you -- even if it is your turn. In this case, waiting a few extra seconds or minutes can improve your safety considerably.

People who are struck by a vehicle need to ensure that they get the appropriate medical care. The injuries that can stem from these accidents can be very serious. Once you have gotten that care, you can determine your next steps. One of these might be seeking compensation for the damages of the accident from the liable party.

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