All parties that could share the liability in the case of an accident have a responsibility to act with "reasonable care" to maintain the safety of pedestrians and automobile operators. A pedestrian failing to act with "reasonable care" might disobey a traffic sign, cross a crosswalk when inappropriate, or walk in the road when a sidewalk is available. For drivers, failing to act with "reasonable care" might include driving distracted, failing to signal when turning, and driving under the influence. The easiest way to avoid liability in a pedestrian and auto accident is to drive and walk defensively, pay attention to your surroundings, and obey traffic laws.
It’s important to have an advocate in your corner to deal with the life-altering impact that these pedestrian/auto accidents can have on both the driver and the pedestrian.