A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
shows fatal pedestrian accidents have increased by 11 percent since last
year. In fact, there have been 6,000 fatal pedestrian accidents nationwide
since March of 2016. The National Safety Council (NSC) also released a
pedestrian safety report and came to similar conclusions. According to
the NSC and GHSA, distracted walking may be to blame for some of these
accidents. More pedestrians are walking while using mobile devices, especially
in Washington DC.
Are Pedestrians to Blame for Distracted Walking Accidents?
It is important to remember that not all distracted walking accidents involve
vehicles. Also consider that pedestrians are not always to blame for these
accidents. Although it may seem like pedestrians are to blame, there are
circumstances where other parties might share some of the responsibility.
Take for example a recent case that occurred in New Jersey, where an elderly
woman using her phone walked into an open cellar. It turns out the door
had been left open while a utilities company made repairs to gas lines.
The 67-year-old woman, who is legally blind, fell several feet into a
utility room and suffered severe injuries. Leaving a door open on a busy
sidewalk, especially one that leads to a six-foot drop, might be seen
as an eminent safety risk.
Pedestrians in the District are at risk of being injured in similar accidents.
Our city is in a perpetual state of construction and repair. Businesses
and other organizations have a legal obligation to ensure they are not
putting pedestrians, even ones who are distracted, at risk of being injured.
Washington DC premises liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help injured pedestrians or their family
members explore legal options for holding negligent businesses and property