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Avoid dangerous behavior as a pedestrian

Like most people, there will be times when you are considered a pedestrian. For example, you may enjoy walking or biking to and from the office. Or maybe you're a pedestrian when walking from the parking lot into your office building.

As a pedestrian, you need to remember one thing: You are not always as safe as it appears. With cars traveling in close proximity, one mistake by you or a driver can result in serious injury or even death.

Here are some pedestrian tips that can help keep you safe:

  • Walk on the sidewalk at all times
  • If a sidewalk is not available, walk while facing traffic
  • Don't become distracted, such as by texting or talking on your phone
  • Never assume that a motor vehicle operator will follow the rules of the road
  • Don't rely on pedestrian signals; you should always look before crossing the street
  • Be alert as to what's going on around you

When you avoid dangerous behavior as a pedestrian, you lessen the likelihood of being struck by a motor vehicle.

If a car ever hits you, you shouldn't attempt to move from the scene. You need to stay where you are until help arrives, as your injuries may require immediate attention.

Once you're able to do so, learn more about the accident. By focusing on the cause, you may come to find that someone else was responsible. This will give you a better idea of what to do next, such as the steps you can take to obtain compensation for your injuries and other related damages.

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, "Safety Tips for Pedestrians," accessed Nov. 30, 2017

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