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Staying safe as a pedestrian

When crossing a street or standing on a street corner, California pedestrians may be vulnerable. This is because drivers may not be able to see a pedestrian when behind the wheel of a large truck or bus. However, there are steps that an individual may take to stay safe while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street.

When walking on a street, it is important to pay attention to signals and signs that may dictate when it is safe to cross a street. Furthermore, pedestrians should only use marked crosswalks. Those who are occupying a street corner should be on the lookout for large trucks that may make wide right turns or back up to the edge of the street. It is also important to account for a vehicle's stopping distance, and pedestrians should never attempt to walk behind a truck that is backing up.

Those who are walking on a busy street may wish to wear bright or reflective clothing to make themselves more visible. This may be even more effective at night when visibility may be limited in poorly lit areas. Individuals are also advised to look out for trucks or large vehicles carrying oversize loads as these vehicle may make wider turns and can be harder to maneuver in general.

In a car accident between pedestrians and drivers, pedestrians may be more likely to suffer serious injuries. A pedestrian who had the right of way and who was injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another motorist may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss how best to seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses that have been incurred.

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