With the growing popularity of smart phones, the risk of distracted walking is expanding. Between texting, headphones and internet surfing, walkers can easily be distracted while entering or attempting to cross a busy intersection. This could cause a potentially fatal pedestrian accident.
In efforts to prevent these fatal accidents, in Chongqing, China, a “smartphone lane” has been installed. Other cities are imposing fines for pedestrians that are texting while walking, or lowering speed limits. These slower speeds give motorists more time to react to prevent an accident when a distracted pedestrian walks in front of their vehicle. Still, the best way to prevent these accidents is for pedestrians to keep a proper lookout and stay off their phones.
Pedestrians lack the protection of a car that drivers and passengers have. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, their injuries can be extensive and potentially even fatal. Leaving your phone in your pocket can save you from a life altering accident.
If you have personally been injured in an pedestrian accident call (203) 332-7700.