San Francisco readers might be interested in the results of a new survey highlighting the growing issue of distracted walking. As more people are acquiring smartphones, the problem of distracted walking is likely to become a more serious safety issue. A new survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance found that 60% of pedestrians openly admit to using devices to text, talk, listen to music and email. Pedestrians know that this is dangerous behavior, 70 percent, according to the survey, yet they continue to walk while distracted.
In 2010, there were 4,280 deaths in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That was an increase of four percent over 2009. Liberty Mutual states that distraction may have played a role.
Emergency room personnel are noticing the trend. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2011 approximately 1,152 people sought treatment in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries sustained while walking and using an electronic device. This is a 400 percent increase over the last seven years, which coincides with the increasingly widespread use of smartphones.
A person who has been injured as the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence may be entitled to compensation. When a person gets injured, they often face sudden expenses. If they cannot return to work for a while, they lose wages. In addition, there will be medical expenses. Settlement money can be used to pay for these costs. Sometimes, additional money is given to offset other, more hidden costs, such as ongoing pain, suffering and a loss of quality of life.
A personal injury attorney may be able to answer questions regarding personal injury lawsuits. If the person wishes to go forward, an attorney can help bring the lawsuit to court.
Source: Consumer Affairs, “Survey: Distracted walking problem getting worse,” Mark Huffman, June 13, 2013