A recent report from Voice2News, LLC estimates that traffic accidents claimed
the lives of 6,000 pedestrians in 2016; that’s an 11% increase from
the year before! And the staggering statistics don’t stop there.
The same report cited a 6% increase in traffic deaths since 2010, marking
the highest rate of U.S. road fatalities the country has seen in over
a decade. A 25% jump in pedestrian deaths was seen between 2010 and 2015.
Across the nation, people are investigating the cause of these untimely
deaths, and what they’re finding isn’t all that surprising.
Driver distraction has been a concern for several years now. Throughout
the country, states have banned texting and driving, as well as other
forms of distracted driving. However, despite concerted efforts from officials,
the problem continues, especially among the nation’s teen population;
and, the distractions are not limited to drivers. More and more, we’re
seeing signs of distracted walking as well as distracted cycling. In fact,
50% of all pedestrian deaths are people aged 5-19.
Across the board, drivers, walkers, and bicyclists distracted by smartphones
are finding themselves seriously injured (or worse) in accidents that
could have been prevented. The takeaway: It’s the responsibility of
everyone on the road, not just drivers, to practice safe habits. Be vigilant. Avoid
distraction. And save texts and phone calls for later.
Common types of distraction to avoid while driving, walking, or cycling:
- Talking or texting on a cellphone
- Eating or drinking
- Reading a map or GPS device
- Grooming or other forms of self-care
- Fiddling with instruments / devices
- Watching videos
- Posting on social media
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an accident caused
by distracted driving, walking, or cycling, contact a Greenville personal
injury lawyer at Christian & Davis LLC. With more than 95 years of
experience to our name, we have personally witnessed the emotional heartache
and financial stress that accidents of this nature can cause. We want
to help you and your family recover as much as possible.
Contact us today for a free case consultation. We can be reached at (864) 408-8890.