It’s no mystery as to why people flock to Florida. Whether it’s to live or to vacation, people love the climate. However, the warm weather means more people hitting the streets on foot, increasing the odds of being injured in a Daytona Beach pedestrian accident. New studies suggest that walking distractions can increase those risks exponentially.
Fortunately, overall traffic deaths in 2010 were down. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian injuries were up. In 2010:
- Pedestrian fatalities rose 4.2 percent.
- Pedestrian injuries rose 19 percent.
More Pedestrians Injured Due to Distractions
Walking distractions are resulting in more injuries. Recent reports indicate that there has been a spike in pedestrian fatalities due to distractions such as cell phones. The amount of distracted walkers being treated in U.S. emergency rooms has nearly quadrupled in the past seven years, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
“We are where we were with cell phone use in cars 10 years ago or so,” said Deputy Executive Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association Jonathan Akins. “We knew it was a problem, but we didn’t have the data.”
Common Walking Distractions
A pedestrian can become distracted by just about anything. However, distractions caused by electronic handheld devices are becoming more prevalent. Common electronic handheld device distractions include:
- Making and receiving cellphone calls.
- Texting and walking.
- Listening to music.
- Reading online news articles and website content.
- Playing video games.
Common Places Where Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Where people and motorized vehicles are in close proximity to one another, the chances of pedestrian accidents increase. Common places where distracted pedestrian accidents occur include:
- Parking lots of shopping centers.
- Parking lots in rural areas.
- Along city streets.
- Parking structures.
The Convenience of Smartphone Technology
“With the smartphone technology these days and everything at your fingertips, it’s almost getting to be an obsession or a compulsion with people,” said Jim Fox of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. “You see it in airports or train stations or malls. If there’s any kind of downtime, they’re jumping right to that phone.”
Where to Turn if You Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
Holding the responsible party liable for your injuries is not as simple as it may seem. That is why you should call the experience team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. We have the knowledge necessary to protect your legal rights and get you the compensation you and your family deserve.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We can help guide you through the intimidating legal system and hold the other person responsible for your injuries.