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Pedestrian Accidents Due to Cell Phones on the Rise

Most of us have heard of the dangerous associated with cell phone use and driving by now, but less commonly discussed is the dangers that cell phones can pose to pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents account for millions of injuries each year, sometimes resulting in the need for long-term medical care or other complications. When pedestrian accidents occur because someone else was acting negligently, those affected may be able to recover compensation for any injuries that occurred as a result. Anyone who has been involved in a pedestrian accident that they believe was caused through someone else’s carelessness should contact a Newnan personal injury attorney today to retain legal representation.

 

According to a study conducted by Ohio State University, pedestrian injuries related to cell phone use have more than doubled since 2005. These accidents can occur in a wide variety of ways, ranging from falling off of walkways to walking in front of moving traffic. The study indicated that the age group most at risk for sustaining pedestrian injuries related to cell phone use is those under the age of 30. The injuries people can sustain in pedestrian accidents can vary wide, and include:

 

  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Amputations
  • Contusions
  • Spinal injuries

 

It is important to note that even if you were partially at fault for a pedestrian accident, you may still be able to recover. Under Georgia’s comparative negligence law, a partially negligent plaintiff may still be able to recover so long as they were not more than 50 percent negligent. After a pedestrian accident, victims should be certain to seek medical attention immediately. In addition record as much information about the accident as possible, and try an obtain contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.

Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident that you believe may have been the result of negligence, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia