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Most of the roads in the United States are designed with motor vehicles in mind. This makes sense, since most people need to drive regularly to get to and from work, to run errands, or to engage in other activities. However, there are many other people that also need to use the roads, and drivers should take care to act safely and prevent injuries to people on foot. During the month of October, safety advocates highlight the risks faced by pedestrians and provide guidance on the steps people can take to prevent injuries in pedestrian accidents. However, the messages that are often presented to the public contain some confusing information about who is primarily responsible for these types of accidents. 

Myths About Pedestrian Safety

When government organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discuss pedestrian safety, they often place equal amounts of emphasis on actions that pedestrians can take to stay safe as they do on ensuring that drivers act safely to avoid injuring pedestrians. However, a negligent driver is much more likely to be responsible for a collision than a person who is on foot. 

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Motor vehicles are expected to share the roads with pedestrians and cyclists and always look out for their safety. Unfortunately, not all motorists take this important responsibility seriously. Distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to follow traffic signals, and other forms of negligent driving put pedestrians’ lives in danger. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be interested in exploring your legal options. A personal injury claim may be one way to recover compensation for the damages caused by the collision.

Catastrophic Injuries May Result from Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians
When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic. Even if the collision occurs at a lower speed, the force of the vehicle striking the pedestrian can cause broken bones, spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal organ damage, and more. Sometimes, the victim’s injuries are so severe that doctors are forced to amputate one of the victim’s limbs. Many pedestrian accident victims face paralysis or other disabilities for the rest of their lives.

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