Distracted walkers are a primary concern for the state of Pennsylvania. Not only do distracted walkers pose a danger to themselves, but they also put others at risk of an accident, too. According to 2013 pedestrian accident data published in Accident Analysis and Prevention and conducted by Ohio State University graduates, distracted walking is a primary cause of injuries leading to the necessity for emergency room treatment amongst pedestrians.
With smartphone technologies, cell phones are used for much more than just talking these days. While talking on a cell is still an important cause of distraction, texting is quickly becoming a growing concern, too. Using cellphones’ Internet capabilities is a common distraction as well.
When walking, putting your cell phone away is within your best interest, and texting is never advised; looking down at a phone takes your eyes off the sidewalks and roads, which can lead to slip and fall accidents, vehicle-pedestrian accidents, and unnecessary bumps and bruises.
Cell phones are by and large the biggest causes of distracted walking injuries; from 2010 to 2013, the number of emergency room visits related to talking or texting on a mobile device increased sixfold to more than 1000 per year.
Equally as distracting as cell phones are music-playing devices (which are often cell phones). Listing to music while walking can be pleasant, but it can also be extremely distracting and dangerous, preventing you from being able to hear oncoming traffic. If you’re running or walking in a highly trafficked area, it is safest to refrain from listening to music. If music is a must, make an extra effort to pay attention to your surroundings, and to look both ways before crossing the street.
Handheld devices are surely the biggest distractions for pedestrians in Pennsylvania but other distraction do exist.
- Chatting with friends while walking
- Paying too much attention to other people/events occurring nearby
- ‘Zoning out’
When walking, focus on walking. Pay attention to where you’re going, yield to traffic when appropriate, and always stay aware of nearby hazards, ranging from dangerous walking conditions to distracted drivers.
Consult with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney if You Have Been Injured
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania, consult with an attorney who will advocate for your rights to compensation. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our pedestrian accident attorney can help you to do the following.
- Prove the negligence of the at-fault party
- Demonstrate the extent of damages you’ve suffered
- Negotiate for a fair and just compensation amount