Walking While Texting May be Putting Texas Pedestrians in Danger
Texas currently has a statewide ban to cut down on the disastrous consequences of texting while driving, one of the most common forms of distracted driving. However, there are currently no laws against texting while walking. Yet walking while distracted is the cause of countless pedestrian accidents each year.
Walking and Texting is Putting Texas Pedestrians in Danger:
In 2016, The National Safety Council’s statistics indicate there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths, a 9% increase from the previous year.
Why Is Texting While Walking a Bad Idea for Texas Pedestrians?
When walking near moving vehicles, distracted pedestrians are at greater risk of injury because distracted pedestrians are usually:
- Aren’t paying attention to their surroundings
- Take slower steps
- Deviate from their path
Pedestrians texting and walking in crosswalks and intersections are particularly vulnerable because they leave themselves at risk of moving vehicles from multiple directions. While distracted walking is not illegal in Texas, it is undoubtedly dangerous.
Texas Pedestrians Should Avoid Using Phones and Smart Devices While Walking:
Considering the statistics, it is a good idea for Texas pedestrians to avoid using their phones or other smart devices when they are walking outside near roadways or moving vehicles (including parking lots, crosswalks, etc.) While it is particularly important to avoid being distracted by your phone while walking through busy areas, it’s smart to avoid it in less highly-traveled areas if you are walking alongside a roadway. If you don’t expect there to be a car on the road because there usually isn’t, you can assume that drivers are thinking the same thing about pedestrians. They may not see you because they don’t expect there to be a pedestrian. So even when traveling on Texas roads with minimal traffic, use caution and don’t be distracted.
When Texas Pedestrians Sustain an Injury Due to a Pedestrian Accident with a Vehicle:
When pedestrians sustain an injury, it can be difficult to determine liability. The pedestrian may have been distracted and caused the accident. However, the driver or another pedestrian may have been equally distracted at the time of the incident.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and you need help determining liability, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hudson Law as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge you want on your side as you seek fair compensation for your injuries. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.