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Cell phones are one of the most powerful pieces of technology readily accessible to the public. Although cell phones can be incredibly useful, particularly in the event of an accident, cell phones are also causing an increasing number of collisions between cars and pedestrians. Since 2003, the number of people using cell phones while driving has risen dramatically; and, from 2014 to 2015, the number of distracted driving accidents increased by 8.8%.
Unfortunately, many drivers using cell phones while driving do so because they believe they can do it safely. According to the National Safety Council, over 55% of drivers believe texting or talking on a cell phone while driving through a parking lot is safe. However, this false sense of security is one of the reasons parking lot collisions between cars and pedestrians have increased. This false sense of security also encourages drivers to use a cell phone in more dangerous conditions like while driving through busy streets.
Of all individuals on the road, pedestrians are the most vulnerable to distracted drivers. While vehicles protect drivers, pedestrians have no protection in the event of a collision. For pedestrians, places like parking lots, parking garages, crosswalks, and school zones are incredibly dangerous.
Research presented by the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices, found pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents are increasing at a faster rate than other traffic fatalities. The percentage of people killed as pedestrians in collisions as compared to other types of traffic accidents increased 25% from 2010 to 2015.
There is no safe time for a driver to use a cell phone while driving. To make the road safer not just for pedestrians, but for everyone, drivers need to commit to avoiding distractions when behind the wheel. To drive safely, drivers need to keep their hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and mind on the task of driving. This is the only way to prevent catastrophic accidents caused by distracted driving.
If a distracted driver struck you or a loved one while on foot, the Houston pedestrian accident lawyers at Adame Garza can help. We can review the unique details of your case and determine the best course of action. We know you’re facing a difficult situation, and we can use our extensive experience in auto accident claims to put your mind at ease and guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.