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How drivers can look out for pedestrian safety

It can be difficult for drivers to see a pedestrian crossing the street. In some cases, pedestrians don't anticipate a driver running a red light or notice a car coming because of distractions. However, there are steps drivers and pedestrians can take to make Michigan roads safer. For instance, drivers should slow down when they are in parks, school zones or other areas where kids might be present.

Many children forget to look for vehicles or don't understand their obligation to stay clear of oncoming traffic. It's also a good idea to reduce speeds when coming to crosswalks, which are spaces designated for pedestrians. Furthermore, drivers should never take backing out of a parking spot or a driveway for granted. A back-over accident is possible whenever a car is going in reverse; this can occur regardless of how much experience an motor vehicle operator may have.

Drivers should also be aware of weather conditions when using a road. Vehicles take longer to come to a stop when it is snowing or raining outside. Drivers should also put away their smartphones and generally try to avoid any distractions while a car is moving.

If a negligent driver causes an accident that leads to pedestrian injuries, that driver may be liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Negligent actions behind the wheel can include driving too fast for road conditions or driving while impaired. An attorney may use camera footage or other evidence to help show that negligence was a factor in causing an accident. If successful, an injured victim could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.

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