Distracted driving has long been regarded as one of the leading causes of vehicle-pedestrian collisions across the country, and Los Angeles is no exception. What many people don’t realize is that the motorist isn’t always in danger, and that they aren’t always the one who is distracted – pedestrians can be distracted while walking on or near streets as well. Keep reading for the facts and contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 if you require a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
It is dangerous to use cell phones while walking down the street
Although there is widespread agreement that drivers should not use mobile phones or other electronic devices while driving, it is not uncommon to see pedestrians walking down the street or on the sidewalk with their heads down, staring at their phones.
When a driver isn’t paying attention, this can result in significant injuries. It is just as much the responsibility of the pedestrian to stay safe as it is for the driver to keep an eye out. Consider this: 40% of Americans have witnessed or been engaged in an accident involving a distracted pedestrian, and more than 25% have been involved themselves. Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise across the country, up 15% from 2009 to 2013.
Simple guidelines to help you stay safe while walking
Following a few simple guidelines will help you stay safely on the streets and sidewalks. Before crossing the street, make sure you look both ways. Although you’ve been hearing this advice since you were three years old, it’s still sound counsel that many people need to be reminded of.
Crosswalks should always be used. Not only will they keep you safe, but they will also ensure that if you are wounded in a pedestrian accident, you receive the compensation to which you are due. Keep an eye on the blind zones of every car. It’s important to remember that just because you can see a car doesn’t guarantee they can see you.
Make direct eye contact with the drivers of vehicles approaching you. This will assist them in recognizing that you are present and that they must take precautions to avoid hitting you. When you’re walking, don’t use any technological devices. This includes the use of headphones. Keep in mind that staying safe necessitates the use of all of your senses. When you block out sound, you put yourself at a higher risk of being involved in an accident.
Wear fluorescent apparel whether you’re walking during the day or at night. Get a group of people together. The more individuals in your group, the more likely a driver will notice you.
Are you a pedestrian who has been involved in an accident?
This advice were supplied by Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn to assist you in staying safe, but make no mistake: it is not completely your responsibility to avoid being hit by a vehicle. It’s time to get in touch with us if you’ve been in a pedestrian accident. For a free consultation, contact us at (310) 209-1600. We only work on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost if we are unable to recover for you.