New Study Reveals Distracted Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise


October 23, 2013

If you regularly navigate the streets of Atlanta and the surrounding metro area, there is a fair chance you have seen a distracted pedestrian busy fiddling with a mobile phone while stepping in front of a speeding vehicle.  Although many people in Georgia recognize that distracted driving is a serious issue, there has been a slower recognition of the risk of injury posed by distracted pedestrians.  A new report in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention indicates that a growing number of pedestrians are showing up in hospital emergency rooms with collision-related injuries.

The article analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which aggregates information from scattered emergency rooms across the U.S.  The researchers found that the number of people walking, jogging or running who were using a cell phone when they were struck by a motor vehicle nearly tripled during a recent six year period.  While only about 560 pedestrians distracted by cell phones were hit by motor vehicle during 2004, this number increased to over 1,500 by 2010 according to the journal article.  Because pedestrians have no protection from injury when struck by a motor vehicle, these injuries included many permanent debilitating injuries, such as broken bones, fractures, seizures and head injuries.

The study also revealed that kids face the highest risk of suffering an injury in a distracted pedestrian accident.  Approximately two out of every three injury victims in cell phone-related pedestrian accidents in the study was someone under the age of 25.  Kids are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents even without potential distractions because they have less experience with motor vehicles, which includes judging distance and speed.  When cell phones or other portable electronic devices are used by kids when walking to school or a friend’s house, their inexperience with speed and distance judgments combined with lack of attention can be a dangerous combination.

At Montlick and Associates, we are committed to making the roadways in and around Atlanta safer for kids.  We encourage parents to warn their kids about the importance of paying attention to traffic when approaching intersections and crossing the street.  When parents talk to their kids about looking both ways when crossing the street, they might also want to emphasize the importance of safe texting.  For example, parents might advise their kids to stop and stand off to the side away from the roadway when reading, composing or sending a text message.

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a pedestrian accident, our Atlanta accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking fair compensation for victims.  Our Georgia personal injury lawyers have been protecting the rights of injured people for over 30 years, and we are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. 

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