An increase in pedestrian accidents is worrying everyone, from people who walk to work to those who bike. While there are many potential causes for this rise, and it is likely that there are several root causes, some people point to distracted driving as a significant cause of the rise. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Drivers can be distracted by all sorts of things in today’s vehicles – even the exact devices that are meant to help avoid distractions. “Hands-free” devices might keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, but they do not keep the driver’s attention on the road. Talking on the phone, eating while driving, and talking to passengers in the vehicle are all potential distractions that could lead to accidents.
Of course, pedestrians have many distractions too. It is not uncommon to see a person crossing the street while staring down at their phone, completely unaware of what is going on around them. Many people out for a long walk or job will have headphones to list to motivating music or their favorite podcast. This might be fun for them, but it makes it impossible to hear what is going on around them and can be distracting.
Distracted Drivers and Distracted Pedestrian
A distracted pedestrian is a danger to themselves and a danger to those who might collide with them. A driver is a danger to themselves and to the vehicles and pedestrians they might collide with. When both a pedestrian and a driver are distracted, the chance for a collision rises astronomically. It is up to everyone on the road to pay attention and be aware of what is happening around them.
Pedestrians Are Not the Only Ones in Danger in a Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian accident occurs, it is not just the driver and the pedestrian that is in danger. Other people on the road, including other drivers and other pedestrians, are in danger. Any passenger in the driver’s vehicle is in danger. When a vehicle strikes a person, other cars are likely to slam on their brakes and swerve, which can create additional injuries and damage. In short, everyone has a responsibility to be careful when on the road.
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If you are ready to request a free legal consultation, we invite you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We can go over the basics of your case with you and let you know what your next move should be. Call now, and we can get started right away.