It’s Not Just Distracted Drivers, Distracted Pedestrians Also Pose Danger

By Peter DePaolis

It’s not just the distracted drivers who pose a safety risk, but distracted pedestrians as well.

In crosswalks and sidewalks, pedestrians often ignore how dangerous it is to use a cellphone while walking. 

While many know that talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving can get you killed, the fact that 3,154 people died and an estimated 424,000 were hurt in 2013 shows that a great many people are willing to ignore the advice to keep their attention on the road.

There is an abundance of anecdotal evidence and an emerging body of research to support the dangers of distracted walking.

Some data suggests that at any given moment in the U.S., 60 percent of pedestrians are distracted while walking, according to Alan S. Hilibrand of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As cell phones have become more ubiquitous, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of distracted walker-related emergency room visits. In 2005, there were 256 pedestrians treated in a hospital who were hurt while using mobile device. By 2010, that number had grown sixfold.

Hersman predicts that, since the explosion and proliferation of mobile devices has taken off more since 2010, the numbers have increased.

Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney Who Handles Distracted Pedestrian Accidents

You should talk to a personal injury lawyer who knows how to handle a pedestrian accident case, even if you believe you may have some fault. With our experience handling personal injury claims throughout DC/VA/MD, the personal injury attorneys at our firm can discuss your legal rights in a free pedestrian accident claim review so that you may better understand both the legal issues and what recoveries may be available to help pay for the damages after a pedestrian accident.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.