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Approximately 4,280 lives were lost in pedestrian-car accidents in 2010,nearly 12 people every day. One particular place where these accidents happen is near a crosswalk.
Two ways that pedestrians can help avoid being involved in an Atlanta pedestrian-car accident are to avoid jaywalking and to being a responsible pedestrian.
Avoid jaywalking. Jaywalking is a common term that refers to pedestrians illegally or recklessly crossing a roadway. Sometimes that occurs at road intersections as pedestrians cross without waiting for the permissive sign to change. Sometimes it occurs when pedestrians cross a road not at an intersection.
According to a report done by the Federal Highway Administration, pedestrians that are in a group tend to not use the signs in a crosswalk. Whereas, pedestrians individually follow the rules more frequently.
If walking or jogging, exercise responsibly. That could include wearing proper workout clothes to be visible to vehicles. At nighttime, wear reflective gear. Also, it helps to walk or run in a predictable manner…meaning that either run on the sidewalk or on the shoulder of the road.
Car accidents involving pedestrians occur frequently at crosswalks. Pedestrians walking distracted, walking against the signal to walk, intoxicated pedestrians.
Then, just as easily at fault, there are car drivers that are not paying attention, are aggressive drivers, are driving through a traffic light when it’s yellow or red.
If you have been hurt in an Atlanta accident from a neglige