Have you heard of distracted walking? The idea may seem silly, but a recent report from Pew Research Center found that more than half of all pedestrians claim to have either been bumped into or having themselves bumped into something due to distraction caused by a cellphone.
Distracted walking would almost be comical if it weren’t for one sad fact: Pedestrian accidents have risen steeply over the past few years. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 12 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every day, and distraction – both pedestrian and driver – plays a large role in these tragic accidents. Jaywalking in Chicago isn’t the only way to be injured, either. Plenty of pedestrian accidents occur where there are crosswalks.
Know Your Rights
If you are injured by a distracted pedestrian are you entitled to seek compensation? That really depends on the circumstances and is something best determined by an experienced personal injury attorney. At Walner & Associates, our Chicago personal injury attorneys thoroughly investigate every accident to properly establish liability, enabling us to help secure for our clients the full compensation they deserve.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted pedestrian, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates to schedule a free consultation today. Our personal injury attorneys serve the Chicagoland area and surrounding Illinois communities.