We have all heard in recent years how distracted driving is a major cause of accidents and injuries, but most people have not considered how distracted walking causes pedestrian accidents. Accidents that occur because a pedestrian is not paying attention to her surroundings often lead to devastating injuries.
What is distracted walking?
Distracted walking occurs anytime a pedestrian loses focus on the sidewalk in front of her. This can happen in many ways, including:
- Surfing the Web
- Reading or responding to emails
- Checking social media
- Watching videos
- Listening to music with headphones
- Reading a book, newspaper, or other material
- Eating or drinking
- Digging in a purse or backpack
- Talking on the phone
- Engaging in conversation with others
How does distracted walking cause accidents?
Accidents can result from any of the behaviors listed above if the pedestrian:
- Trips over a sidewalk hazard or curb
- Ignores traffic signals
- Steps off the sidewalk, into traffic
- Walks into a stationary object
- Walks into another pedestrian
- Does not hear or see a cyclist
Is distracted walking really an issue?
Distracted walking is both more common and more dangerous than you might believe. Moreover, statistics show it is a growing issue, thanks to the advent of smartphones and other handheld devices.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, injuries suffered by distracted pedestrians have more than doubled since 2004. The study reports that approximately 60 percent of all pedestrians walk while distracted regularly.
The National Safety Council issued its first report on distracted walking in 2015. According to this report, more than 11,100 pedestrians suffered injuries in distraction-related incidents between 2000 and 2011. Other significant findings include:
- More than half of all distracted walking injuries occur at home
- About 54 percent of those injured are under the age of 40
- Almost 80 percent of distracted walking injuries occur during falls
How can Goldstein & Bashner help?
If you suffered injuries in a pedestrian versus car accident on Long Island, Goldstein & Bashner can help you determine your options for paying medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. We can help you gather evidence, file your lawsuit, handle negotiations, and prepare your case for court, if necessary.
Note: Even if you were partially at-fault, you may still be eligible to receive compensation.
Contact us today at 516-222-4000 for a free, no-obligation case review.