There are many pedestrians crossing busy streets who are doing something other than paying attention to the crosswalk signs and the traffic around them; they are busy texting on their cell phones. Recent studies have shown that pedestrians who text are more than four times less likely to look before they cross an intersection or street. Additionally, the pedestrians increase their time in crossing the street by two seconds – in other words, they unnecessarily expose themselves to traffic and the chance of being hit by two seconds. This risky crossing behavior puts their lives at risk when all they would have to do is stop looking at the phone for about ten seconds.
Texting while walking has been proven to take the pedestrian’s mind from the reality of their location to somewhere else – namely the conversation they are engaged in. They are concentrating on something other than crossing at the street intersection. To make matters worse, many times the vehicle drivers are also consumed in a phone or text conversation and are less aware of a pedestrian which exponentially increases the chance of a collision where the pedestrian will likely be severely injured. Both pedestrians and drivers need to put down the cell phone in areas where pedestrians cross the street.
Tate Law Offices has a seasoned staff of personal injury lawyers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and we cover the entire state of Texas providing representation for those who have been injured due to the negligence of others in auto accidents and other injury accidents. We provide free evaluations for accident cases and injury claims. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an automobile or while on the road, we encourage you to contact us at 888-662-3892 to discuss your case or to contact us via email or chat.