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Distracted Walking: A Major Pedestrian Safety Concern

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Distracted Walking: A Major Pedestrian Safety Concern

July 08, 2022
By Lafferty Gallagher Scott

Due to the laws that have been enacted over the years and the many awareness campaigns, most people are aware of the dangers of texting while driving. In Ohio, it is illegal for anyone to drive while using a hand-held device. However, phones do not only create a distraction for drivers. Pedestrians can become just as distracted by their phones and cause an accident that results in serious injuries. The problem of distracted walking is not common knowledge the same way distracted driving is. It is imperative that all pedestrians are aware of the dangers of distracted walking so they can stay safe.

How Dangerous is Distracted Walking?

Many people may have seen pedestrians multi-tasking as they get from one place to another. Walkers often listen to music, talk on the phone, eat, drink, and even read. All of these are distractions that can result in an accident. For example, a pedestrian may be video chatting with someone on the phone as they are walking. The pedestrian may not pay proper attention as they cross the road and so, they are struck by a car.

The above example may seem dramatic, but it is not. One study found that pedestrians who texted while walking were 3.9 times more likely to engage in at least one dangerous behavior when crossing than pedestrians who were not distracted.

Injuries Caused by Distracted Walking

Pedestrians are very vulnerable when they are out walking. Having no protection, they are at serious risk of suffering very serious injuries. The most common of these include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bruises
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and contusions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death

Another study found that pedestrians who text are 60% more likely to suffer a serious injury than walkers who do not. Also, it is not just texting that can cause a pedestrian to become distracted. Using social media, sending emails, and even talking on the phone are all distractions that can take your focus off of where you are going. 

No one should ever try to multitask while they are behind the wheel, or when they are out walking. When the brain has to focus on more than one thing at a time, it cannot give full attention to any of the tasks it is trying to complete. It is always best to keep your phone out of sight while walking and wait until you have arrived at your destination before checking emails, texts, and more.

Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Ohio Can Help After an Accident

Distracted walking is a very risky behavior that could cause an accident that results in serious injuries. If you have been hurt, our Ohio pedestrian accident lawyers at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, will determine who was at fault for your accident and will hold them accountable for paying the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.

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