Helping seriously injured pedestrians involved in car accidents in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Plantation, the Palm Beaches and the Florida KeysFlorida Pedestrian Distraction Car Accident Attorney
Miami car accident lawyer Joseph Lipsky, having helped injured accident victims for over 25 years, is aware that distracted driving is an increasingly dangerous activity which causes car accidents resulting in serious injuries. However, most of us fail to recognize that being a distracted pedestrian is almost as dangerous, as proven by a recent study. In analyzing data, it appears that about 1 in 3 pedestrians use mobile devices while walking across dangerous intersections. The same study demonstrated that cellphone use while walking caused less than 1 in 4 pedestrians to follow the age-old adage of looking both ways before crossing a street.
Not surprisingly, pedestrians who text while walking demonstrated the most dangerous distracted activity, as they were 400xs more likely to disregard a traffic light or crossing guard warnings. Being a distracted pedestrian also means that crossing an intersection taken a dangerously long amount of time compared with an alert pedestrian. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over a thousand pedestrians were hospitalized due to injures they suffered while using a smart phone. Experts feel this number is actually an underestimate because many injured while using a cellphone are unlikely to readily reveal the cause of their injury.
To prevent pedestrian injuries, experts recommend the following common sense tips:
- Make eye contact with drivers who are turning
- Wear bright or reflective clothing when walking at night
- Don't wear earphones while crossing streets
- Avoid walking in a car's blind-spot
While many states which are trying to ahead of the distracted driving problem by passing laws restricting smart phone use while operating a motor vehicle, none have enacted any laws restricting cell phone use by pedestrians crossing streets. Given the physics involved when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, some of the serious injuries they cause include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Lacerations and abrasions
In order to reduce this growing problem experts recommend parents educate children about the dangers associated with doing any activity while distracted by a cellphone.
Because of the difficulties involved in evaluating who is responsible for a car accident in which a possibly distracted pedestrian is involved, it is imperative to speak to Joseph Lipsky, who has over 25 years of experience helping pedestrians injured in a car accident. Through trial and settlement, Mr. Lipsky has helped his clients recover tens of millions of dollars as compensation for their disabling injuries. And, because we work on a contingent fee basis, anyone is able to access our experience and assistance without regard to cost; as we do not get paid unless we recover money compensation for our injured clients.
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