Distracted Walking is Becoming a Major Safety Concern
In a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
5,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured in
traffic collisions in 2012. While many people are familiar with distracted
driving laws, some cities like Fort Lee, New Jersey have banned cell phone
use while using a crosswalk due to the amount of accidents distracted
walking has caused. Other cities, like New York City, have decreased the
speed limit in major urban and pedestrian areas to 30 miles per hour in
an effort to lower the number of pedestrian injuries.
The study finds that distracted walkers are more likely to ignore traffic
signals, take longer to walk across the street and are most likely to
fail to look both ways before crossing. The most common group of people
affected by distracted walking is teens. Nearly 40 percent of teens have
been hit or nearly hit by a passing car, motorcyclist or bike due to distracted walking.
Common injuries associated with distracted walking include:
- Brian Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
If you were involved in an accident due to a distracted walker, you should
contact a personal injury attorney well-versed in handling situations
like yours. At
The Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli, we are deeply invested in providing all our clients with excellent services.
Contact our office today or call to set up your
free consultation. We can go over any questions you may have about your case during that time.