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It is currently California Pedestrian Safety Month. This is the second year in a row that September has been given this title by authorities in California. The campaign is aimed at upping pedestrian safety awareness among both pedestrians and drivers.

Pedestrian safety is a very impactful issue, given the severe consequences pedestrian accidents can have. Pedestrians can receive life-altering injuries from such crashes. And sometimes, such accidents take lives. Nearly 900 pedestrians died out on California's roads last year.

Given the dangers they can face when out walking, among the things pedestrians may wonder is what they can do to protect themselves when out on the sidewalks and roads. Steps pedestrians can take on this front include: increasing their visibility, following traffic rules related to pedestrians and staying aware of their surroundings.

As a note though, these sorts of safety steps can't keep pedestrians 100 percent protected from accidents. This is because pedestrian safety is heavily impacted by how drivers act. Unsafe drivers can put even the most vigilant of walkers in serious danger. So, one hopes that this year's California Pedestrian Safety Month will help California drivers remember how big of an impact the decisions they make out on the roads can have on the lives of pedestrians.

When a pedestrian is injured by an unsafe driver, they can be dealing with a lot of challenges. In the face of such a stressful situation, a person could be feeling confusion regarding what rights they have and how best to protect those rights. Victims of pedestrian accidents can seek out clear explanations on these important issues from experienced personal injury lawyers.

Source: Santa Clarita Valley Signal, "September is California Pedestrian Safety Month," Sept. 6, 2017

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