While many people are fully aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving, many others do not realize that distracted walking can also be just as dangerous at times. Whether you’re texting, talking on the phone, checking your email, or scrolling through social media, using your cell phone while walking takes your attention away from what’s right in front of you, as well as what’s around you.
As a result, it is important to recognize the dangers of taking your eyes off of what’s in front and around you while you are walking. There are various hazards that you should be aware of, including tripping and falling on uneven pavement, as well as even getting hit by a car, or walking into the pathway of a bicyclist, and so much more. These types of risks have the potential to result in a minor injury, serious injury, or even death.
One of the most serious concerns that surround distracted walking is getting hit by a vehicle, which can result in extreme repercussions, as pedestrians do not have any external protection. Think about it – when you are overly focused on your mobile device before or while crossing the street, or even walking through a driveway, it can pose a serious risk to your safety. Some people that are preoccupied with their phone might step off of a curb too soon and a car may not see you, leading to a pedestrian accident.
While checking your phone on a walk doesn’t make it innately dangerous, there is a right time and place for everything. So if you feel the need to check your phone, step onto the side of the sidewalk where it’s safe, while giving space to other passersby and take a moment to yourself, and safely check your phone. Be sure to step out of the way of pedestrians and other vehicles before checking your phone to reduce the risk of any harm.
Another important tip is if you are playing music on your phone using headphones, keep the volume at a moderate level, as opposed to playing it on full volume. This way, you can still be aware of the outside noise that is around you.
At Daneshgar Law, we specialize in personal injury legal matters and have extensive experience successfully representing victims of pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact a trusted pedestrian accident lawyer in Los Angeles. Feel free to contact our team for a free consultation with a Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer!
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