Pedestrian accidents are one of the most common types of auto accidents in Philadelphia. Pedestrians who are hit by cars in Philadelphia often suffer major injuries, such as broken bones, spinal injuries, and head injuries. In some instances, pedestrian accidents are fatal, such as when a child is struck by a car or when a pedestrian is struck by a speeding car.
Specific areas of Philadelphia are hot spots for pedestrian accidents:
Drivers are increasingly distracted these days. Cell phones and smart phones are the primary culprit. The reality is that drivers are often interacting with their phones. Whether it’s dialing a number, texting or even reading an email, drivers don’t have their eyes on the road at all times.
States have begun to ban all cell phone use when driving. Laws in neighboring states like New Jersey and Delaware ban all cell phone use when driving. The problem is that under Pennsylvania law, it is still perfectly legal to talk on a cell phone when driving, although using a phone to text or email is illegal.
Despite PA’s ban on texting/emailing when driving, drivers continue to engage in these behaviors. Pedestrians are also texting, emailing or browsing the internet on their phones while walking about. While it’s not illegal to use a smart phone when crossing the street, it is dangerous.
For example, a pedestrian is walking around in downtown Philadelphia and is using a phone to get directions to a specific store. While looking down at the phone, the pedestrian steps off the curb at a crosswalk without paying attention to the traffic light and gets hit by a car making a right turn. The pedestrian may bear 100% of the fault for the accident if the pedestrian traffic signal was red. This scenario has become increasingly common in large cities like Philadelphia.
Other Types of Distractions
Distracted driving isn’t limited to cell phone use. Other distractions include eating, changing the radio/CD, and even having a conversation with a passenger. What most people don’t know is that simply having a conversation is distracting in and of itself. This is especially true for young, inexperienced drivers. A teenager who just obtained a driver’s license can be distracted easily by conversations with passengers or while on a cell phone.
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