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How to avoid getting hit by a car while you're walking in town

In the event of a pedestrian versus car accident, the person on foot will be completely vulnerable to injuries while the driver of the vehicle will be protected by heavy steel frame of the automobile. As you can expect, the outlook is never good for pedestrians struck by a vehicle.

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These accidents often result in catastrophic injury and death, so Maryland pedestrians should do everything they can to avoid them.

Here are some tips for avoiding a pedestrian accident:

  • Keep your phone in your pocket: Pedestrians who are playing games or texting on their smartphones have a higher chance of getting struck by a car because they're not paying attention to their environment. Many fatalities and catastrophic injuries have happened because a pedestrian was on his or her phone and not paying attention.
  • Don't get out of your car on the side of the road: When your vehicle breaks down, you should pull over as far as you possibly can away from the stream of traffic. Numerous drivers get hurt because they park their vehicle on the side of the road, and then get out to survey the problem. While the person is standing on the side of the road, he or she could get struck. It's safer to either stay in your car, or pull off as far away from traffic as possible and get out of the way of oncoming traffic.
  • Look both ways: As cliché as it sounds, you need to look both ways before you cross the road. Your grandmother taught you this habit for a reason; it could save your life.
  • Think about what you're wearing: Especially if it's at night, you want to wear highly visible clothing. Don't go for a walk during evening hours with a black outfit on. At the very least wear white and consider putting on clothing with reflective features.

There are more things you can do to stay safe, but the most important thing is to use common sense. If you still get hurt by a driver in a pedestrian accident, then you may want to review your legal rights and options to pursue financial compensation in court against the driver at fault for your injuries.

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