Electronics Leading to Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
Law Firm of Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman
As our society becomes increasingly obsessed with “state of the art” electronics, the number of occurrences of pedestrians getting struck by automobiles has increased drastically. Research has revealed that, on a national level, pedestrians are involved in 12% of traffic fatalities. Numerous states have recently attempted to deter driver texting. Numerous states are also taking steps to educate pedestrians on the dangers of texting or surfing the web while walking or running.
Research confirms that pedestrians wearing headphones in both ears while walking or jogging on a street, road, intersection or highway are equally at risk to become involved in accidents. A measure to limit the use of electronic devices is also expanding to runners, skaters and bicyclists. A recent proposal under consideration would permit pedestrians, runners and cyclists to only wear headphone in one ear.
These proposed restrictions come after safety advocates noticed the significant increase over the last several years in the number of pedestrian fatalities.
This trend is certainly a wakeup call and translates into a need to educate pedestrians, runners and cyclists to promote awareness of the dangers of inattentiveness.
One should take extra precautions and be extremely cautious when riding a bicycle, jogging or simply walking as a pedestrian while wearing headphones or using cell phones or any other electronic device.
At Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman, making a difference and keeping our communities safe is very important to us. Preoccupied pedestrians, bikers and runners can be just as dangerous and deadly as distracted drivers. Please be alert, listen and use common sense at all times.