We have heard time and time again about the dangers of distracted driving, but what about distracted walking? With the increased use in cell phones, there has been a drastic rise in the number of distracted walking accidents. In fact, pedestrian-related accidents have become so common that there is a word for the phenomenon – pedextrians. If you have been injured in this type of accident, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case.
Distracted walking refers to a situation when a pedestrian’s attention is somewhere other than his or her surroundings. These days, distracted walking often occurs when a pedestrian is so caught up in using their phone that they disregard the dangers around themselves and cause an accident. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) conducted a study in 2015 and found that 78 percent of people involved in the study recognized distracted walking as a major concern. Beyond the hazards of slipping, tripping. and falling, being engrossed in one’s phone can also lead to serious accidents.