It has become common knowledge in recent years that texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Less is known, however, about the dangers of texting while walking. A recent study of busy South and North Carolina intersections showed that a mobile device distracted one in three pedestrians. Pedestrians who were distracted by their phone were four times less likely to pay attention to traffic lights, stay within the crosswalk, or even look up before crossing.
Nationwide, the number of traffic-related fatalities is at historic lows, except in circumstances involving pedestrians. Many believe that the rising number of pedestrian fatalities is related to the increasing number of people using their phone to send texts, check email, browse the Internet, and listen to music. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), at least 1,100 people were hospitalized after using a mobile device while walking in the year 2011.
It is important for all Carolina drivers and pedestrians to pay attention to the road. If a distracted driver injures you, however, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for your losses.
Contact the Pedestrian Accident Law Firm of Bice Law
The personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payments for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability. We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly. Call 877-BICE-877 today or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.