Smart Phones Creating Not So Smart Pedestrian Behavior in Georgia


January 31, 2011

Smart phones are becoming so multi-dimensional that many drivers and pedestrians are taking dangerous risks by focusing on their cell phone instead of hazards on streets, highways, intersections and sidewalks. The issue of texting while driving has become so serious that many states including Georgia have passed laws banning the practice.

Unfortunately, pedestrian cell phone and texting habits have not been as carefully monitored but put pedestrians at serious risk for slip and fall accidents as well serious pedestrian auto accidents.

In a recent AP article, the writer reported tracking the number of people whose attention was focused on their cell phone as they walked through New York City. The report indicated that as the writer walked down the street he counted someone talking, texting or focusing on their cell phone display an average of 48 times per day. This number was as high as 68 times and never fell below 28 times during a two-month period. The ability of smart phones to function as “do everything electronic devices” has now made it seem like time walking is wasted time. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law we have been representing Georgia pedestrians injured in slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents for over a quarter of a century.

Smart phones now permit pedestrians to watch movies, surf the web, send text messages, listen to music at high volumes, as well as carry on a traditional cell phone conversation. However, these activities distract pedestrians putting them at risk of serious injury. A slip and fall accident is common from such hazards as uneven pavement, objects or debris on the sidewalk, stepping off of a curb and a multitude of other potential hazards that we tend to take for granted. If a pedestrian’s attention is focused on a cell phone screen rather than the sidewalk, it is easy to trip and fall. Trip and fall pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bone or fractures and spinal injuries.

The tendency of pedestrians to be distracted when walking into intersections and crossing the street is even more alarming. A pedestrian who is not paying attention when crossing at an intersection may walk into traffic against a traffic signal or fail to notice an approaching vehicle or train. This is more than a theoretical problem as a number fatal accidents have been reported where people were struck by trains when listening to loud music on their smart phones and crossing a railroad track. A pedestrian who is distracted by loud music or a podcast on one’s smart phone may not hear sounds they may need to hear, such as a train whistle, siren from an emergency vehicle, car horn or bike messenger's bell. While the exact numbers are hard to quantify, there are a growing number of distracted pedestrians being treated in emergency rooms resulting from texting or engaging in other cell phone activity when walking. One recent study suggests that pedestrians who are distracted by cell phones are almost twice as likely to step into an intersection with a car approaching than pedestrians who are not using their cell phone.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we know preventing a pedestrian accident is preferable to dealing with the consequences once one has occurred. We also know that even if you are careful, you can still be the victim of a pedestrian collision with a car, truck or SUV. If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident with a car, truck, SUV, motorcycle or train, Montlick and Associates is prepared to represent you as we have helpd families throughout Georgia for over 25 years.

Our experienced Georgia pedestrian auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

Our attorneys and staff will work hard to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.

Category: Personal Injury

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