Distraction Is Not Limited to Drivers
People are becoming much more aware of the problem of distracted driving. We are learning that texting while driving, or even talking on the phone with a hands-free device, makes it much more likely that a driver will be involved in an accident. However, a recent study proves that the drivers are not the only ones who suffer the consequences of multitasking — distracted pedestrians are also a major cause of injuries.
If you hit a pedestrian, you will feel horrible. You will assume that you are in a lot of trouble, and that you are in danger not only of having to pay damages for the pedestrian’s injury but that you also might face criminal charges.
The problem of distracted walking
The New York Times published a study about pedestrians who were hit by cars and injured severely enough to be treated in the emergency room. The study estimated that injuries caused by texting while walking increased threefold between the years of 2004 and 2010. Some two-thirds of the victims were under age 25. The injuries varied from sprains and abrasions to bone fractures and concussions severe enough to cause seizures. Some were hit by cars, but many simply were not paying attention while texting and they walked or fell into obstacles.
Of course, it is extremely important to pay attention to other people on the road, especially pedestrians, who are not protected by the frame of a vehicle. But if you ask the right questions, you or your lawyer might discover that you were not the cause of the pedestrian’s injuries and suffering. If you have been involved in an accident with a pedestrian, call our offices for a free consultation.