Data has proven over and over again that distracted driving has become a serious concern across the entire country. The rapid use of cell phones by motorists has skyrocketed and accident numbers have soared. Cell phones, including texting and other uses of the phones such as checking emails and browsing the internet, is a major culprit, causing thousands of car crashes each year in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day in the U.S., approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in auto crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, specifically those distracted by use of cell phones. The CDC states that at 55 mph, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field. During this brief 5 seconds, a tragic or deadly crash could easily happen.
Unfortunately, these statistics are not only applicable to drivers. Pedestrians who walk and text or walk and talk on their phones can easily get into serious accidents as well.
Not Just Distracted Drivers … Distracted Pedestrians Too!
Initial memories of tripping onto a chair or walking through a screen while texting may seem funny, but this is no joke. Every year, more and more people get injured from distracted walking accidents. This has become such a concern that a New Jersey town even took the extra step to ban walking and texting altogether. If you are caught walking and texting in Fort Lee, New Jersey, you may be on the hook for an $85 fine. Other states, such as New York, Arkansas, and Illinois, have all unsuccessfully tried to ban using a mobile device while walking.
Even though your state may not have banned texting while walking, it is in your best interest to refrain from engaging in this potentially dangerous activity. If you have to answer a phone call, send a text, or reply to an email, it is best to step to the side of the sidewalk and take care of business. This simple step may prevent you from getting into a possibly life altering accident.
Consult with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
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