Distracted Pedestrians on the Rise
According to some recent studies, pedestrians are more likely than ever before to be distracted while on city streets. With phones in hand, people are walking, talking, texting, listening to music, and ignoring the cars nearby. As a driver, you still have to be as alert as possible for these distracted pedestrians. If you’ve been in an accident with a pedestrian, contact a lawyer immediately to determine if some of the responsibility can be shifted to the pedestrian.
Distractions come in many forms. An alert pedestrian can still cause an accident if he or she is listening to music or talking on the phone. Audio signals are just as significant as visual ones and anyone who steps out onto the street before listening for oncoming traffic is somewhat responsible for an ensuing accident. Of course, a pedestrian busy texting is highly likely to miss a changing light and walk through an intersection illegally.
Distracted pedestrians can also cause a chain reaction. A distracted jogger could force a bicyclist into traffic, causing you to swerve and hit an oncoming car. In a case like this, the accident is between you and another driver, but the pedestrian and the cyclist need to be interviewed to proper distribution of responsibility.
If you contact a lawyer as soon as the accident occurs, you are more likely to find the other people involved in the chain of events. Don’t rely on police reports and insurance underwriters to delve as deeply as your lawyer will to determine the true cause of the accident.