Is Distraction to Blame for Spike in Fort Myers Pedestrian Accidents?

by Carmen Dellutri on August 7, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyAs Fort Myers injury attorneys and local residents, the growing number of serious pedestrian accidents is very concerning. While a number of factors are likely to blame, a new study suggests that distraction may play a role.

While we are all now familiar with the risks of distracted driving, distracted walking is a relatively new phenomenon. However, it is blamed for causing thousands of injuries a year.

Injuries to distracted walkers have quadrupled in the past seven years, according recent reports. Experts also predict that the actual rate of injury could be even higher because either patients don't admit distraction was involved or doctors don't include the cause of injury on hospital reports.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission also reports that 1,152 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the last year for injuries caused when walking and using a cell phone or electronic device.

The statistics suggest that distracted walking could be putting pedestrians at greater risk for a Fort Myers pedestrian accident. Professor David Schwebel, who studies the problem at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told CBS News that scientific studies back up the accident statistics. "If you're on the phone, if you're text messaging, if you're browsing the Internet, our research shows that that increases your risk of being hit by a car."

Of course, mixing distracted pedestrians with distracted drivers only increases the risk for a serious accident, particularly in locations such as crosswalks, parking lots, and busy intersections. Therefore, we urge everyone on Naples roadways to pay attention and look out for one another.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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