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How pedestrians can protect against an accident with a vehicle

As a pedestrian, it's natural to have concerns about being struck by a motor vehicle. You understand the impact this could have on your life, so you do your part in remaining safe at all times.

Even if you're alert and cautious, it's not always enough to keep you safe. There are other things you can do to protect against an accident with a vehicle, such as:

  • Cross the street in crosswalks: Anytime you have to cross the street, look for a crosswalk for protection. It doesn't guarantee your safety, but drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians, which decreases the risk of an accident.
  • Follow the "walk" and "don't walk" signal at intersections: If the signal tells you to stay put for the time being, do it. Wait until you have the go-ahead before you take a step onto the street.
  • Look both ways: You've heard it since you were little, but it's worth noting again. You must look both ways before crossing the street. For instance, don't assume that drivers will stop just because they have a red light. Someone could be distracted to the point of driving through the intersection. Looking both ways can help you avoid a serious accident

These are just a few of the many steps you can take to protect against an accident with a motor vehicle. If you do your best but still find yourself in trouble, seek medical attention and follow the advice of your doctor.

Once you feel up to it, consider filing a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.

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