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Dangers on the roads can lead to pedestrian injuries and deaths

A dangerous crosswalk or pathway can lead to situations where pedestrians are not seen as easily as they should be. That means that drivers are more likely to hit them, causing serious accidents and injuries.

For people who are older, traversing a crosswalk can be harder. Some only give you a few seconds to cross, which isn't enough time for those who might have to walk slowly with a cane or limp. In other cases, drivers might not obey the rule that they should wait for pedestrians to cross completely out of the crosswalk before entering it. A person making a right-hand turn might have the right of way, but if the crosswalk signal says walk, it's actually the pedestrian who has the true right of way in the scenario.

Walking is dangerous in many cities throughout the United States, and a pedestrian dies approximately every two hours. The reasons seem endless: distracted driving, texting and driving, talking on the phone, eating behind the wheel and other behaviors all contribute to these accidents.

Sometimes, crosswalks aren't designed well, either. They might not give a person enough time to cross, or there might be blind spots where you can't see a person waiting to cross at all. This, combined with problems like drivers who aren't paying attention, creates the perfect storm for a pedestrian injury or death.

If you're hurt because a driver isn't paying attention or because a crosswalk is misleading, there are people who can be held responsible. You don't have to fight for compensation alone; your attorney can help you seek out what you need.

Source: AARP, "Perilous Crossings for Pedestrians," Brian Mockenhaupt, accessed Nov. 23, 2016

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