Unless you have been disconnected from the world in the past month, chances are you are familiar with the latest craze of Pokémon Go. While Pokémon never really died out in popularity from its beginnings in the late 90’s, the newest iteration is played on smartphones and uses real world locations as settings for Pokémon battles and catch Pokémon. Its popularity is unrivaled in the world right now, dominating the smartphone gaming market with tens of millions of players around the world gluing their eyes to their screens in search for their next capture.
But the attentiveness to the screen of a smartphone rather than the world around them is getting a lot of clueless Pokémon Go players injured. There have been a number of reports, including people walking into traffic, other pedestrians and cyclists, and in North San Diego County, walking off of a cliff.
Pedestrians Inattention on the Rise – Despite the only recent release of Pokémon Go, pedestrian inattention is nothing new when it comes to causing accidents. With the rise of the smartphone though, people now more than ever have their eyes plastered to the phone screen rather than the world around them. In fact, according to date from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, accidents from walking while texting or using a cell phone have increased, up 123 percent in 2014 from 2010 and up 10-fold from 2006. Researchers now attribute up to 10 percent of all pedestrian injuries on portable electronic gadgets like cell phones since 2005.
The increasing amount of accidents attributable to cell phone usage is an alarming trend in the world. Pedestrian-automobile collisions are particularly gruesome accidents for the pedestrian. While the driver and passengers in an automobile have the benefit of many modern safety features to protect them in the event of impact with another object, pedestrians have no added layer of protection in a traffic accident. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash. Even worse, one in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County who is Familiar with Pedestrian Cases – In addition to being more likely to cause a fatality, automobile accidents involving pedestrians also tend to involve greater and more serious injury to the pedestrian. Therefore it is absolutely essential for a pedestrian involved in an automobile accident to seek legal representation when bringing a claim against a negligent driver. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you on the steps that you need to take to maximize your recovery and make sure that you receive the necessary compensation to help get your life in order once again.
If you or someone you know is a pedestrian who has been injured in an automobile accident in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County or surrounding areas, do not wait to seek representation. Consult with the attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin King to get the assistance you need. Call today at (909) 297-5001 for a free confidential initial consultation.