Is Texting Causing a Spike in Florida Pedestrian Injuries?

by Carmen Dellutri on August 1, 2013

cell phone while drivingSending a text message is not only unsafe behind the wheel, but when you are engaging in any activity that requires your full attention. Walking is one of them.

South Florida emergency rooms are reporting an increase in pedestrian accidents related to walking and texting. While some injuries involve minor sprains caused by tripping on a curb, more serious accidents involve being struck by bicycles and vehicles.

Dr. Evan Goldstein, of Boca Raton Regional Hospital told the Sun Sentinel that his staff regularly sees injuries related to walking and texting, including lacerations, sprained and broken ankles, feet and head trauma.

“They either walk into things like poles, trip and fall, or twist their ankles. Once had someone walk into a bike path and [get] run over by a bicycle," he said. "They feel comfortable multitasking and think they are better at it than they really are.”

As we have highlighted on this Florida Injury Blog, pedestrians have a duty to exercise due care when traveling on roads and sidewalks. Evidence that you were texting at the time of an accident could impact your success in bringing a personal against an otherwise negligent driver.

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 Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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