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You’re a pedestrian at many times of the day. From the time you spend in the parking lot at the grocery store to the many miles you jog in the evening, you should never lose sight of the dangers of being a pedestrian and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Driver negligence is a big problem, as any mistake can result in a serious auto-pedestrian accident. Here are some of the most common factors in this type of accident:

  • Distracted driving: When a driver is not paying attention to the road, maybe because he or she is talking on the phone, there’s a greater chance of hitting a pedestrian.
  • Driving under the influence: The use of alcohol or drugs before driving increases the likelihood of an accident, as the operator may not be of sound mind.
  • Reckless driving: There are many forms of reckless driving, such as speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
  • Disregard for traffic or weather conditions: When traffic and/or weather conditions change, it’s imperative for drivers to also adjust their approach.
  • Drowsy driving: When a person is too tired to drive, he or she may not be able to make quick decisions. Furthermore, they could fall asleep at the wheel, putting all other people on the road at risk.

As a pedestrian, you should watch for drivers who may not be “on the ball.” Also, you can take personal steps to avoid trouble, such as by only crossing the road at designated crosswalks.

If you’re part of an auto-pedestrian accident, the first thing you should do is receive medical treatment. After you’re on the road to recovery, you can then learn more about the accident, the cause and your legal rights.