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Distracted Walking Subject Of New UNLV Study

Posted on : July 12, 2018

A UNLV professor is looking into just how much pedestrians can contribute to the risk of being hurt in a serious accident.  A pedestrian walking on the street, but not paying attention to his or her surroundings has a much higher risk of being hit by a car or another vehicle.  The accident associated with distracted walking can be severe which is why one UNLV professor is looking into the dangers of someone who is not paying attention while on foot.  Plenty of research has already explored the consequences of distracted driving.

The professor from the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences said that distracted walking does not yet get the attention that distracted driving does, however, it may become an increasingly important issue especially in the determination of fault in personal injury lawsuits.  Walking while distracted whether it has to do with listening to music, checking social media or e-mail, drinking or eating can make a person so preoccupied that they miss out on an object in their path, a person or an oncoming car.

Pedestrians are often hit in accidents because the driver isn’t paying attention, but pedestrians also have a responsibility to ensure they are paying attention in or around the road. Someone who isn’t looking while crossing the street could be struck and killed far too easily, and the rise of distracted walking

A 2005 study completed by the same professor looked at more than 850 pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk in front of the UNLV campus.  They found that approximately one out of every five people walking by exhibited distracted behaviors and the professor believes that the modes of distraction have only gotten worse and put pedestrians at risk of devastating consequences.  Any victim who has already been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Las Vegas should schedule a time to talk with an experienced attorney immediately.

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