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Pedestrian distractions that lead to accidents
It goes without saying that indulging in distractions while driving is an ill-advised practice that many condemn while also occasionally partaking themselves. Answering a phone call, typing a text message and taking a bite of a sandwich are all common things that all-too-often lead to accidents. In more recent years, however, the dangers of a phenomenon referred to as distracted walking have skyrocketed. Combine an eating driver with a texting pedestrian, and you have a recipe for disaster.
There’s little doubt that the modern age of connectivity we all live in has come with great benefits. As with any good thing, though, there are consequences for engaging in too much of it. The majority of pedestrians engage in secondary activities while walking, even though it is often those same people who are irked by others doing the same things. It is commonly believed that texting or emailing while walking across the street poses more of a danger than those who choose to jaywalk or run in an attempt to beat traffic.
When you have both sides—drivers and pedestrians—who believe that engaging in activities that distract from the task at hand is wrong and yet both groups continue to do them anyway, problems inevitably emerge. This kind of false-confidence in the face of one’s own condemnation of distracting oneself creates a particularly vicious cycle. By inhibiting one of your five senses, whether it be headphones blocking hearing or a cell phone restricting sight, you increase the likelihood that you will be somehow involved in an accident by not directly engaging with drivers.
The old adage to always look both ways before crossing the street seems to have disappeared with the advent of many modern technologies. People see the walk indicator light up and they just barrel forward with their eyes glued to a tiny screen while they hold a drink to their lips. The irony here is that as people become increasingly connected to one another via the digital world, we tend to become more and more distant and dangerous to others in the real world. By integrating this cocky “it won’t happen to me” mindset with the compulsive human need to interact with other people, you end up with a situation in which everyone on the road is put at risk for some kind of accident.
No one in North Carolina wants to live in a world in which pedestrian-involved accidents are an inevitable part of life, but until this pattern of self-distraction is stopped, they will continue to occur. Should you or someone you know be involved in an incident, visit this website to learn more about a pedestrian accident lawyer in Jacksonville.
Eric writes often about the legal field. You can find his thoughts at http://legal-qa.livejournal.com/
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