Not Just Passengers at Risk for Distracted Driving Accidents

December 10, 2013

It is well-known that using a cell phone while driving highly increases your risk of injury or death in a serious car accident. However, a new study shows that pedestrians are at an equally high risk of danger when they use cellular devices while walking.

A recent report that appears in Accident Analysis and Prevention examined numbers from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to determine that “distracted walking” carries serious risks. According to the report, people using cell phones while walking became an increasingly common cause of pedestrian injuries in car accidents between 2004 and 2010. For both walkers and drivers, cell phones can make you less aware of your surroundings, raising the risk of serious accidents.

What Can I Do About a Distracted Driving Accident?

Distracted driving accidents are disturbingly common. If someone you love died or you sustained a catastrophic injury because another driver was distracted, you likely have grounds to file a wrongful death suit or personal injury suit. Keep in mind that many activities can constitute distracted driving, including Facebooking, emailing, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, looking in the mirror or texting while driving. When a driver clearly disregards the rules of the road, he or she could be liable for your losses and damages, including medical bills, funeral costs and pain and suffering.

Injury attorney William McBride is an active member of his community and a fierce litigator for those suffering from injustice. Contact our injury lawyers today and for no charge, we can review your potential case and discuss your options together.

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