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Distracted Walking a Serious Risk for Children—Clayton County Accident Attorney

According to a New York University study, distracted pedestrian accidents involving children are increasing. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan reports that has over 100 pedestrian fatalities per year. GDOT estimated that 2012 pedestrian deaths would likely exceed those in 2011. Of the pedestrian fatalities, 91 percent occur in the roadway and only 5 percent occur in marked crosswalks. According to GDOT, over half involve either an impaired driver or a distracted pedestrian.


Consulting a Clayton County attorney is essential after an auto accident involving a distracted pedestrian. If you have been injured in a Clayton County auto accident you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


New York University researchers recommend that parents emphasize to children the importance of focusing their eyes and attention on potential tripping hazards and approaching vehicles. The researchers analyzed over 1,400 pedestrian-car crashes; 20 percent of study subjects in the 13-17 age group were distracted at the time of their pedestrian accident. Distractions included text messaging or talking on a cell phone, listening to an MP3 player and using other portable electronic devices. Adults were half as likely as children to exhibit distracted behavior at the time of an auto accident.


Pedestrians who were texting showed the riskiest behavior according to another study. Those who texted took two seconds longer to cross an average three- or four-lane street. They also ignored traffic lights and crossed in areas not designated as a crosswalk.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that over 1,150 people were treated in emergency rooms last year after accidents that occurred while they were using handheld devices. Those included a woman who walked off a pier while texting and another who walked into a mall water fountain; the latter video went viral and has over one million YouTube views.


Victims of Atlanta pedestrian accidents may sustain injuries that are exacerbated by distracted drivers. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation with a Clayton County pedestrian injury lawyer.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia