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Are Distracted Walking Accidents Increasing?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Jun-2017

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.

The 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 owners accountable.

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