Texting and Walking: Death Toll Rising - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm

Author: Angel Reyes  

Personal Injury

In the wake of a rise of pedestrian deaths is far higher than it has been since the 90s, lawmakers are beginning to look at making laws about texting and walking.

What would this mean for pedestrians who are struck by cars? Would they be at fault if they were on their phones? Basically, as of now, they have no data that leads towards whether texting and walking are causing pedestrians to become injured. Distracted walking is far more dangerous than those who pay attention while they stroll from place to place.

Texting while walking is distracting, to say the least. However, deeming someone on the street at fault for being run over by a car might be possible. If lawmakers were to make this an official bill that passes, the law would impose issues for those trying to make a personal injury claim after being struck on the sidewalk. A plaintiff attorney could argue that the car should not have been there in the first place. However, the defense attorney could rebuttal by saying they were texting while walking. Many issues could arise in situations like this.

We recommend that you just look out for yourself at all times. The world is not the safest, and the street can be unforgiving. There are many things that pose a danger to you and your loved ones every single day. Without a doubt, more people need to be aware of their surroundings. However, it reasons to say that people should restrict their distractions while in dangerous areas.

Tips to Keep Safe While Walking the Streets

  • Refrain from using your phone when crossing streets at all costs.
  • Instead of texting, talk on the phone while keeping your head up and on a swivel for potential danger
  • Walk against the flow of traffic if you have to walk on the side of the road in order to be facing oncoming cars

There’s no doubt that we have a slight addiction to our phones. Part of the reason why is due to the nature in which we desire knowledge. This desire has been ingrained in our brains since the dawn of man. The same hardwiring in our brains that forces us to go out and find food is the same impulse that gives us this urge to learn that is fed by our smartphones.

However, it is important that we fight this urge in order to stay safe. In the event, someone does come close to hitting a pedestrian, giving ourselves the best possible chance to react and get out of the way is detrimental. This means paying attention to the surroundings instead of what someone might be posting on Instagram.

Injured on the Streets?

If you or someone you know was injured while simply being a pedestrian, you are going to need the help of one of our Dallas personal injury attorneys. When you have become injured and it wasn’t your fault, you should not have to worry about medical bills.

Focus on your treatment, and we will handle the rest. We will even get you set up with the best medical professionals around. Call us today for your 100% free consultation with our highly trained staff members. Dial (214) 526-7900 today or submit any case evaluation information you have through our secure text format here.

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