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28 Jul

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Even as a pedestrian, you remain vulnerable to a wide variety of accidents.  Accidents can occur between yourself and another pedestrian, between yourself and a negligent driver, or even between yourself and an inanimate object, like a large crack in the sidewalk.  As a pedestrian, it is important to know how to protect yourself from accidents and to be alert to your surroundings.  Knowing how to protect yourself while walking, jogging, biking, etc. can help prevent serious injury such as Traumatic Brain Injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and soft tissue injuries.  The most common pedestrian accidents occur in crosswalks, parking lots, and as the result of someone losing control.  Crosswalks and parking lots are vulnerable areas for pedestrians as we are trusting that someone driving a 2-ton car will see us and stop.  The best thing you can do to protect yourself in these circumstances is to always check your surrounding before crossing a cross walk, avoid jay walking, and if you see a car approaching the cross walk at a quick pace, do not assume they are going to stop; wait until the car comes to a complete stop for you before crossing.  Similarly, if you are in a parking lot, pay attention to which cars have taillights on that indicate that they are in reverse, and if you see a car starting to back out a spot, do not cross behind it and assume they can see you. Small actions like this can be the difference between going about your day and ending up with a broken arm, or worse.

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