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.
Distracted walking occurs anytime a pedestrian loses focus on the sidewalk in front of her. This can happen in many ways, including:
Accidents can result from any of the behaviors listed above if the pedestrian:
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:
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 516-217-9097 for a free, no-obligation case review.