Tragically, the death toll for pedestrians and bicyclists is on the rise. It’s reported that it is at its highest level since 1990 and is expected to increase. We have seen this increase ourselves as more pedestrian and bike accident victims contact us for help.
With a federal government-led initiative to build safer streets, recently receiving from Congress significantly more funding, why is this happening?
While there may be a combination of factors at play, we find that one of the main causes is distracted driving. With smartphones in drivers’ hands or attached to the dashboards of their cars, the temptation to read emails or respond to texts causes is too great from some motorists.
In just the time it takes to glance at a text message, a motorist can hit someone in the crosswalk or in the bike lane. And the injuries are seldom minor, with a heavy vehicle colliding with a person who does not have the protection of steel or airbags.
When we pursue a motorist for an injury to, or the death of, a pedestrian or biker, the motorist will claim that they were not on the phone when the collision occurred. However, we often are able to prove them wrong by subpoenaing their phone records.
What you can do:
As a pedestrian, be safe. Do not step into the street until you have made eye contact with the driver of any vehicle moving in your path. A traffic signal may tell you that it’s safe to walk, but a motorist looking at their phone may not notice your right of way.
As a motorist, please put the phone away. Turn it off if you have to, if that’s what it takes to keep you focused on your task of driving.
If you’ve been hurt as a bicyclist or pedestrian by a motorist, please contact us to see if there is a possibility that we can help you recover for your injuries. Our consultations are always free of charge.