A new study by the University of Washington focused on unveiling the dangers of texting while walking showed how much danger pedestrians place themselves in when distracted on the streets. The San Diego pedestrian injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley understand how much danger pedestrians can be in even without being distracted.
As reported by CBS News, the study revealed that almost one out of every three pedestrians are distracted by a mobile device while crossing streets. The study observed more than 1,100 pedestrians at 20 different intersections in Seattle throughout 2012. Approximately 30 percent of all pedestrians observed participated in distracting activities while crossing the road, including, text messaging, talking on the phone, and listening to music.
Those who were distracted in some form were found to take longer to cross the street, especially if texting. Distracted pedestrians were four times as likely as the non-distracted to ignore traffic signals, cross the street outside of the crosswalk, or not look both ways before crossing.
The study found that, while the activities were not directly linked to accidents, such dangerous actions put pedestrians in harm’s way. Recent studies and discussions have highlighted the dangers of distracted walking, as pedestrians who are not fully paying attention to their surroundings will often be unable to react in time to prevent an accident or may unintentionally cause an accident.
While distraction can be incredibly dangerous, most pedestrian accidents are the fault of a reckless driver or another party. If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, the legal team at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can aid you in the search for compensation. For a free consultation on your case by our legal team, contact us online or call (619) 814-9000.