We're all guilty of it -- messing around on our phones while walking down the street. What we need to be doing is keeping an eye out for irresponsible drivers because we know they're not looking out for us.
According to NBC News, teenage pedestrians are the most likely to get into an accident because of distractions while walking and the statistics reflect these risks. In recent years, the number of young pedestrian accidents has risen alongside the use of cell phones. We haven't seen a change in drivers' behavior either. They're still as irresponsible as ever!
A recent report, Walking Safely, took a look at the number of pedestrian accidents, injuries and fatalities of young walkers from 1995 through 2010. The information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as the U.S. Census Bureau. Officials with SafeKids concluded that the rate of these accidents among teenagers is now twice that of younger kids.
Our Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers understand that the number of pedestrian injuries of those ages 16 to 19 has jumped by about 25 percent over the last 10 years. Kids in this age group made up about half of all of the child pedestrian injuries during this time.
"We know that the average number of texts per teen has risen dramatically. Couple that with drivers who are talking on the phone or texting, and you have distracted people on both sides of the equation," said the CEO and President of Safe Kids, Kate Carr.
During the months of September and October is when these risks are the highest. Travel season is approaching, more motorists are on our roadways, the weather is warm and drawing out pedestrians and kids are hanging out with new friends from school. These months produce some of the deadliest results of the entire year. For this reason, safety advocates with SafeKids have produced a number of awareness and education campaigns to help to educate our young travelers.
The director of John Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Andrea Gielen, has worked for quite some time on helping to improve pedestrian safety on both high school and college campuses. Parents are urged to teach kids safe walking habits early on. These habits are the habits that they're likely to carry with them for the rest of their lives. One of the most important things is that we never allow our youngest ones to walk alone. Kids under the age of 10 should always be accompanied by an adult when walking near traffic. We have to set a safe example for them!
According to the NHTSA, there were more than 4,000 pedestrians killed and another 70,000 injured in 2010 in the United States. There were close to 600 who were killed in the state of California. As a matter of fact, we recorded the most pedestrian fatalities in the entire country for that year, as we do for most years.
It's important to be on the lookout for distracted drivers and for other irresponsible drivers. It's up to us to be safe out there and to avoid hazards. Always keep an eye on your surroundings and stay one step ahead of the traffic around you!
If your or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise, by Jacoba Urist, NBC News
More Pedestrians Killed in Accidents in California and Elsewhere, California Injury Lawyers, August 9, 2012
Pedestrians at Higher Risks for Accidents with New Technologies, California Injury Lawyers, August 3, 2012