Recently, a study confirmed what our Atlantic City injury attorneys have known for a while—that texting while walking can be incredibly dangerous and lead to pedestrian accidents.
According to CNET.com, the study, conducted by the Texas A&M University and the University of Bath in the UK, had 30 people navigate an obstacle course with curbs, traffic posts and other items that can cause problems for walkers.
The researchers had some participants use cell phones in different scenarios, including texting while walking. The study discovered that participants took “smaller and slower steps and compensating for their diminished vision by raising their feet higher to clear stairs and curbs,” when they were texting, according to CNET.
Some safety experts have stated that the distraction provided by electronic devices can lead to pedestrian accidents and/or slip-and-fall incidents. It should be noted that a study by Ohio State University found that between 2004 and 2010, the number of pedestrians killed while using a cell phone increased from less than 1 percent to 3.6 percent.
Moving Forward Following a Pedestrian Accident
Even though some pedestrians use caution by avoiding texting while walking or by using crosswalks, negligent drivers can still harm them. Unfortunately, pedestrian accident deaths in the Garden State have been rising, as there were 169 fatal accidents last year.
If a driver has injured you or killed your loved one in a pedestrian accident, speak to our Atlantic City injury lawyers. Our firm could investigate your case and determine if a driver’s carelessness played a role in the crash.
To see how our Atlantic City injury attorneys have helped pedestrian accident victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page. Stay safe! If you are commuting by foot, you should avoid areas that are heavily traffic by vehicles and potential distractions.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys