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Risk factors for pedestrian crashes

Pedestrians often think that they are fairly safe as they walk around on sidewalks. While this is the case, there are some risk factors that could lead to them being struck by a motor vehicle. Understanding those risks and trying to reduce the likelihood of a crash occurring is imperative.

People who are walking are more likely to be struck in an area where the vehicles are moving faster. While they can't control vehicle speed, it's critical that pedestrians only cross the streets at crosswalks or intersections and only when it's safe to do so. They should also ensure that they remain out of the driving lanes when possible. Still, drivers have a duty to watch for pedestrians on every street.

Nearly half of fatal pedestrian wrecks involved alcohol, but it isn't necessarily the driver who's been drinking. In one-third of these fatal crashes, the pedestrian was the one who was impaired. In 17%, the driver was impaired. The driver and pedestrian were both impaired in some wrecks.

Nighttime pedestrian accidents are another hazard. Combatting this requires drivers to turn on their vehicle's headlights, so they can see. The pedestrians should ensure that they have on bright colored clothing, preferably with lights that make it easier for motorists to see your location.

If you're a pedestrian who is struck by a vehicle, there is a chance that you will need extensive medical care. This could keep you out of work for a while. You may opt to pursue a claim for compensation that can cover those medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that are directly attributed to the crash.

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