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Driver negligence could cause a pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian in New York City, you know one thing to be true: There will always be vehicles in close proximity to where you are walking. Even though there is nothing you can do about this, there are some steps you can take lessen the likelihood of an accident.

Above all else, you need to realize that driver negligence can cause a pedestrian accident. For this reason, you need to keep a close eye on everything that is going on around you. For example, if you see a driver acting in an irresponsible manner, wait until he or she is out of the area before you do anything else.

Here are some of the many things a driver can do that increases the chance of striking a pedestrian:

  • Failing to use signals when making a turn
  • Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cellphone
  • Speeding
  • Disobeying traffic signals and signs
  • Disregarding traffic conditions
  • Disregarding weather conditions
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

The problem with these things is that you may not know exactly what's going on as a pedestrian. For example, it's not always easy to tell if a person is texting and driving.

In addition to understanding the most common forms of driver negligence, there are some things you can do as a pedestrian to help avoid trouble:

  • Do your best to only cross the street in designated crosswalks
  • Don't dart in and out of traffic
  • Never disrupt the flow of traffic
  • Don't cross the street if there is a "do not walk" signal

If you ever find yourself part of a vehicle-pedestrian accident, make sure you stay where you are until help arrives. There is a chance you are dealing with some serious injuries, and you'll want to receive immediate medical attention.

Once you understand your injuries and prognosis, you can then turn your attention back to the accident. This will give you a clear idea of what went wrong, allowing you to decide what to do next.

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