Distracted Mississippi Pedestrians: a Menace to All Around
Pokémon Go is a recent phenomenon. Players wander and walk the world to catch virtual monsters, visiting real world locations to collect items and do battle. Its popularity is currently unrivaled amongst the smartphone gaming market, with tens of millions of registered users all over the United States and world. But with this immense popularity has come a slew of reports of accidents of users, eyes glued to their cell phones while playing, walking into traffic, stumbling off of cliffs and becoming injured due to a failure to pay attention to their surroundings.
Pedestrian Unawareness Is On The Rise
Despite the recent release of Pokémon Go though, accidents caused by clueless pedestrians glued to the screens of their phones are nothing new. Since the proliferation of cell phones and later smartphones, accidents from walking while texting or using a cell phone have increased, up 124 percent in 2014 from 2010 and up 10-fold from 2006 according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some researchers now blame portable electronic gadgets for up to 10% of pedestrian injuries each year since 2005.
While there is no certainty in the amount of damage that distracted pedestrians cause, what is certain is that distracted pedestrians can be a menace to everyone around them, including drivers. While many tend to focus on the dangers of distracted drivers, distracted pedestrians can be the cause of car accidents as drivers attempt to avoid pedestrians who ignore traffic signals, wander into traffic or otherwise do not respond to cues around them that would keep them safe.
Contributing To An Accident Is Not Just Harmful To Your Health
From a legal standpoint, being the cause of an accident or contributing to the accident can severely reduce or limit the amount of compensation that you are entitled to in a personal injury case. While Mississippi does not have the traditional contributory negligence theory that completely bars your claim if you contributed even the tiniest bit to causing your accident, your recovery for your injuries and damages will be reduced if you are comparatively at fault. This means that if you were 50 percent responsible for causing the accident that you were involved in, your recovery will be reduced by 50 percent.
Involved In An Injury With Pedestrians? Seek Representation By A Biloxi Personal Injury Attorney
Traffic accidents involving pedestrians can be tricky cases. Many people put the burden of avoiding pedestrians on the driver of vehicles since they are the ones operating heavy machinery. No matter how careful a driver you are though, sometimes there is nothing you can do to stop an accident with a pedestrian if they carelessly wander out into the road due to their inattention to the world around them. When this happens, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate the facts and represent your rights to their fullest.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice have fought for justice on behalf of injured parties in the greater Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area, Harrison County and Mississippi for decades. If you have been injured by a negligent or distracted pedestrian or been involved in any other personal injury case, contact our firm now for a free confidential initial consultation.