According to a new study by Ohio State University, about two million injuries occur every year as a result of pedestrians walking while using their cell phones.
Even though distracted walking is not yet an offense, it can be potentially dangerous for pedestrians. When a pedestrian is walking and texting, his or her eyes and attention are seldom on the road.
Did you know that research shows that people under 30, especially men, were more prone to cell phone-related injuries? It goes on to state that cell phone-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms almost tripled in the last few years.
According to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- About 5,000 pedestrians die each year
- Nationwide, a pedestrian is injured every eight minutes
- A pedestrian is killed every two hours in the United States
Today, it is common to see people walking while texting or talking on a cell phone, causing them to walk into objects or get hit by a vehicle on the street – simply because they aren’t looking where they are going.
Distracted walking is getting out of hand; if we fail to stop this problem, the number of injuries and fatalities will increase over the years.
When a person on foot is injured by a car, truck or motorcycle, the results can be devastating for the victim and his or her family. In the aftermath of the accident, the party responsible for causing the accident may be held liable and made to pay damages to the injured victim.
If you are the victim of an accident, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law office of Welebir | Tierney. We know pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries that can affect every aspect of your life – we know how to get the results you need and deserve.