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Vehicles make your healthy habits, like jogging, dangerous

Jogging or even brisk walking are good habits to have. Getting daily exercise is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health, longevity and quality of life. Walking and jogging are both cost-effective and simple ways to stay active without investing in a gym membership or specialized equipment.

Unfortunately, while walking and jogging are healthy decisions, they can also increase your risk for a serious injury. It increases your risk of death on your excursion 150 percent compared to someone in a vehicle. Unless you exercise on a designated track or special trail, chances are good that you are walking either on the sidewalk or the edge of the road.

You come into close proximity with moving motor vehicles every time you head out for a walk. The potential is always there for a driver to fail to notice you, an oversight which can lead to tragic results.

Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or death

When a human body comes into contact with the vehicle, the person almost always suffers the brunt force of the collision. The vehicle may show barely a scratch to indicate that the incident even occurred, while the injured pedestrian may never fully recover from the injuries they suffer during the crash.

Pedestrians struck by moving vehicles can suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other severe injuries, which can sometimes prove fatal. The same incident may leave the occupants in the vehicle completely unharmed.

This tragic discrepancy is even more glaring in situations where it is clear the driver of the vehicle is solely responsible for the crash. In that situation, injured pedestrians or their surviving family members may want to take legal action against the driver responsible for the tragic pedestrian accident.

Pedestrians can hold negligent drivers accountable

Legal liability is a serious concern for anyone who drives a vehicle or gets hurt on a public road. In general, the individuals who contribute to the cause of an accident will have responsibility for the financial consequences of the collision. In some situations, both parties share a portion of the responsibility for the crash. Other times, one party is clearly at fault.

When a driver fails to pay attention to the road and ends up striking and injuring a pedestrian, California law allows that pedestrian to hold the driver responsible for the consequences of that injury, including medical bills, lost wages, property damages and other costs. The ability to file a civil lawsuit can help people mitigate the lasting damage a pedestrian accident can have on their finances.

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