Pedestrians will likely suffer catastrophic injuries in a motor vehicle collision. They have zero protection to rely on and will often be injured from the impact with the vehicle, falling to the ground, and, potentially, being run over before the vehicle stops. Pedestrians, however, can take steps to reduce the hazards around them and make it to their destination safely.

While the phrase “distracted driving” has become a universally recognized term over the past decades, its pedestrian counterpart “distracted walking” is a more recent addition to the lexicon. As cell phone use becomes more and more pervasive, pedestrians are certainly more likely to be distracted by making a call, furthering a text conversation, reading email or selecting a new podcast to listen to while walking from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately, distractions come in many forms and pedestrians can unwittingly put themselves in harm’s way.

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that over half of all distracted walking incidents occur in the home. Whether it is misjudging a doorway, falling down the stairs or tripping over objects on the floor, walking in even the most familiar of environments can be interrupted by cell phone use. Now, imagine these same walkers attempting to navigate a busy intersection. Even with a crosswalk, safety signals and warning signs for motorists, it is not uncommon for pedestrians to create danger.

Pedestrians who lose focus can walk into traffic, misidentify traffic patterns or fail to recognize a vehicle turning right on red. While liability can be a complex topic, the fact remains that a pedestrian victim will likely suffer devastating injuries or even fatality in a motor vehicle collision.

If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it is wise to discuss your case with a skilled legal professional.