According to United States Department of Transportation data an average of over 60,000 pedestrians are injured in accidents with vehicles in the United States each year. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) published a study that showed most pedestrian injuries occur at night.
If you are injured a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney at Shane Smith Law can review the incident and advise you of your legal rights.
According to an Ohio State University study, emergency room visits related to distracted walking accidents doubled from 2005 to 2010. This was directly correlated to a vast increase in the number of households that owned cell phones. Researchers at the Pew Research Center did a survey that showed nearly 25 percent of cell phone owners admit to physically running into another person while distracted by their cell phones. Half of those surveyed between ages 18-24 admitted to bumping into someone or something while distracted and 70 percent said someone on a cell phone had bumped into them.
Researchers from the University of Washington observed 1,000 pedestrians for a study and found that over 33 percent one-third were distracted by their phones as they crossed into high-risk intersections. Those who were texting were less likely to look both ways and to obey crossing lights.
Victims should seek the assistance of a Clayton County pedestrian accident attorney to protect their rights by securing police reports, eyewitness testimony and physical evidence and to deal with insurance representatives. Victims should call Shane Smith Law for a free legal consultation.