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What can be done to avoid pedestrian accidents?

Winter is here and the weather has turned cold, but many Tennesseans still find themselves walking outside. Whether they do so for their health, as their primary mode of transportation or to play with their children, these individuals are often placed in harm's way. Negligent drivers can, in a matter of moments, cause a pedestrian accident that can leave the victim seriously injured and facing long-term financial and health consequences.

So, what can pedestrians do to keep themselves safe? First, pedestrians should be sure to follow any walk signals at intersections. Second, those on foot and on bicycle should be sure to use crosswalks. Failing to do so could result in an accident and may disallow the victim from recovering compensation for injuries. Third, pedestrians must avoid darting out into the street. This often happens with children and may leave motorists unable to stop in time to prevent a collision. Keeping a careful eye on children while near roadways may help avoid such wrecks from occurring.

Unfortunately, however, the truth of the matter is that no matter how safe pedestrians are, a negligent driver can still strike. Speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving can lead to pedestrians getting hit.

Those who are injured in these accidents may suffer extensive physical pain, disfigurement, disability and emotional and financial strain. In an attempt to recover these losses, victims may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. To win on such a claim, causation and negligence must be shown. Failing to abide by the safety rules mentioned above could lead to a determination of contributory negligence, and may lead to a failed claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," accessed on Jan. 10, 2016

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