Distractions & Pedestrians Accidents in the Carolinas

Our phones seem like they never leave our hands. Nowadays, they’re a life staple.

Unfortunately there are some people who are using them at all the wrong times and are putting themselves in some serious danger for an accident. We’re talking about using these devices when walking near vehicular traffic. We’re not so much worried about you walking into the middle of the roadway, but we’re worried about the dangerous and irresponsible driving habits of the motorists around you. When walking along our streets, it’s important to make sure that all of your attention is on your surroundings.
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According to NBC News, researchers are trying to blame pedestrians for the increase in the number of injuries and fatalities among walkers. It’s the younger population who is more at risk for these accidents. According to recent studies, it’s the pedestrians who are between the ages of 16 and 19 who are seeing a significant increase in these accidents — a 25 percent increase. Kids between the ages of 14 and 19 account for about half of all child pedestrian injuries.

Our Asheville accident lawyers understand that pedestrian safety is a two-way street. Drivers need to be on their best behavior behind the wheel, especially in areas that are likely to have pedestrians, like school zones and residential neighborhoods. On the flip side, pedestrians need to keep their full attention on their surroundings to be able to react when these drivers aren’t doing their part. Safety is always about preparation, awareness and staying one step ahead of the traffic around you.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 4,500 pedestrians who were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2010. Another 70,000 walkers were injured. In the state of North Carolina, there were close to 200 pedestrians who were killed in these accidents that year.

In a new study, “Walking Safely: A Report to the Nation,” officials looked at the trends behind pedestrians accidents, injuries and fatalities from 1995 through 2010, including the trends for different age groups. Officials were able to conclude that older teens are now twice as likely to be involved in one of these accidents as younger children.

Unfortunately, the report does not break down the use of electronic devices in these accidents, but officials are speculating.

“In addition to the increase in pedestrian injuries we saw among older teenagers, we also examined numerous outside reports about how much mobile use has increased among teens, ” she says.

What researchers are basing this conclusion on is the fact that the number of text messages that are sent and received annually has spiked dramatically in recent years. This counts for both pedestrians and drivers. It’s like no one is paying attention to the road and to traffic anymore.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
Additional Resources:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise, by Jacoba Urist, NBC News
More Blog Entries:

Crossing Pedestrian Killed on Steel Creek Road, North Carolina Accident Lawyers Blog, September 28, 2012

Campaign Working to Protect Pedestrians in the Triangle, North Carolina Accident Lawyers Blog, August 15, 2012

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