In Philadelphia, pedestrian injuries are a growing concern. As in other parts of the United States, the city is becoming more technological and more intrapersonal. Pedestrians are no longer walking down the street greeting by standers or walking with only their thoughts. A quick glance on most streets will prove that most people have an iPod or some sort of headphones attached to them. In recent years, the recent headphone phenomenon has led to an increased number of walkers being hit and killed by motor vehicles and trains.
According to a study conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, research shows that when cars or trains honk their horns, pedestrians cannot hear them leading to fatalities in almost three-quarters of cases.
Associate professor of pediatrics, Richard Lichenstein, opines that while most people have become aware of the dangers of texting and driving, few people realize that the danger of distracted walking is just as serious of a concern.
116 accident cases where pedestrians were hit by trains or vehicles were reviewed from 2004 to 2011. In 70% of the cases, the pedestrians were killed. More than two-thirds of victims were males under the age of 30. Over half of the moving vehicles were trains, and nearly one third of the vehicles claimed to honk a horn prior to the crash.
Although pedestrians have rights on the road just like vehicles, and in many cases pedestrians have the right of way, the most important rule of the road is to remain safe and avoid injury. In a world where many drivers are distracted, it is important that pedestrians are as alert as possible.
If you were a pedestrian injured in an accident you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. An attorney can investigate the case, determine who was negligent and ensure you receive just compensation.