The media frequently spotlights the dangers of distracted driving. However, the disturbing new phenomenon of distracted walking is making headlines. Pedestrian inattention is an increasing problem, especially with the growing use of smartphone technology, and other forms of electronic media.
It is fairly common now to see pedestrians texting and walking, having conversations on their cell phones, or listening to music on their portable music devices. These are all very real dangers to pedestrian safety.
Risks from Distracted Walking
There are a number of ways a Dallas pedestrian can suffer injuries when distracted by cell phones, or any other device while walking. In fact, YouTube is full of funny videos of pedestrians getting themselves into all kinds of sticky situations, while distracted. Pedestrians may fall down stairs, or run into walls or utility poles, resulting in injuries.
One of the more serious ways a pedestrian can suffer injuries in an accident caused by distracted walking, is by walking into traffic or getting hit by a car. An Ohio State University study found that in 2010, 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to using a cell phone and walking.
Kids and Cell Phones
Giving a child a cell phone has been a real boon for parents in terms of knowing a child can call for help whenever needed.
As younger and younger children clamor for cell phones, and parents do their best to take every safety precaution, some basic cell phone use rules for children pedestrians bear reviewing.
- Put down the phone and look left, right, and then left again before crossing a street.
- Make eye contact with drivers as you cross, especially if it is a big road.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible and if you must walk on the road, walk against traffic and make that a cellphone-free zone.
Children are at a high risk of injuries when they’re involved in any accident. The chances of suffering serious injuries are much higher than the occupants of a motor vehicle or a healthy adult. Children’s personal injury claims are a sensitive issue for many parents and it can help ease the stress when you find an attorney who is familiar with these cases, like Julie Johnson.
Call a Pedestrian Accident Attorney When Hit By a Car
If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused because you were using a cell phone while walking, discuss your claim for compensation with a pedestrian accident lawyer in Dallas. The fact that you were distracted while walking may reduce your chances for compensation, but may not completely eliminate all chances of compensation recovery.