Distracted Walking

It seems that drivers everywhere are distracted by scores of diversions. The dangers of distracted walking get less attention, but they’re just as real and just as dangerous as the dangers of distracted driving. About sixty percent of us, according to one insurance company survey, are distracted when we’re pedestrians. Many of us talk, text, listen to music, and some even try to read. But distracted walking – particularly in urban centers like Dallas and Fort Worth – is extremely dangerous. If you’re injured because of someone else’s carelessness when you’re a pedestrian, you are entitled by law to compensation for your medical care and related expenses through a personal injury claim. If you’re hurt because of your own distracted walking, an attorney probably can’t help you, but after any injury caused by someone else’s negligence, discuss your rights and options right away with an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney.

In the decade from 2003 through 2012, more than 47,000 pedestrians died while walking in the United States. In 2012, nearly 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians. Pedestrian fatalities now reach a new record in the U.S. every year. Distracted walkers – especially texting pedestrians – have walked right into light poles, parking meters, even buildings, and directly into moving traffic. When you’re driving, always be alert for people who are walking, and of course, use even more caution when you drive at night.

You can stay much safer as a pedestrian by simply avoiding the common distractions. Don’t text, don’t read, and if you must talk on the phone, stop and step safely off the sidewalk. If you must walk at night, walk only in well-lit areas or carry a flashlight. Obey all of the basic rules – look both ways. Don’t injure yourself by distracted walking. Of course, if another person such as a distracted driver is negligent and injures you while you’re walking, as soon as you’ve obtained medical treatment, arrange at once to discuss your case with an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney.