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What driver behaviors risk your life most as a pedestrian?

Numerous areas here in San Francisco allow you to use your feet for transportation. This provides you a chance to get some fresh air and exercise while you walk through some of the most beautiful parts of the city. You could easily become complacent under these circumstances, however, and forget to pay attention to the vehicles whizzing past you when you come to an intersection.

Yes, your risk does increase at intersections, but the danger exists wherever you walk and vehicles move. If you suffer injuries due to the reckless or negligent actions of a driver, you will need to determine what factors led to the injuries you suffered and the monetary losses you incurred.

The most common driver behaviors that put pedestrians at risk

When it comes to lapses in judgment, most drivers do so in the same manner. If you need to understand why a vehicle hit you, it may help to determine if one or more of the following factors led to the driver's negligence:

  • Distracted driving -- Drivers may send or read a text, interact with the GPS system or try to eat a cheeseburger while driving, among other things. These actions take the driver's attention off the road.
  • Drowsy driving -- Sleep may feel like a luxury for many drivers. Not getting adequate rest could make a drowsy driver just as dangerous as a drunk one.
  • Drunk driving -- Driving drunk continues to be a problem here and across the country. With all the attention it receives, no one has an excuse for not knowing that this is illegal and dangerous.
  • Speeding -- Everyone drives above the posted speed limit from time to time, but it can be incredibly dangerous, especially in an urban or residential area where pedestrians and bicycle riders tend to be more prevalent.
  • Angry driving -- People who drive when they are angry tend to be more reckless and take more risks. In addition, innocent people can unknowingly become the target of that anger.

Encountering drivers exhibiting these behaviors puts your life at risk, especially if you are on foot. Even if you remain vigilant, you could suffer serious injuries, which could mean hospitalization, physical therapy and follow-up medical appointments, among other things. Your recovery could keep you from working and cost you other damages as well.

You may pursue compensation for your financial losses from the driver who struck you. If the evidence presented to the court proves negligence on the part of the driver, you may receive an award of damages to help cover your current and future medical and other needs associated with the accident.

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