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Distracted driving, cycling and walking are leading causes of accidents and injury.

April 23, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Distractions while you are driving, cycling and even when you are walking are leading causes of personal injury and accidents in Canada. There are three categories of distractions, visual, manual and cognitive. Texting is by far the most dangerous activity because it involves all three kinds of distraction.

We see people cycling and walking regularly with headphones in, or while texting or on the phone. They aren't paying attention when they step off the curb, or turn onto the street. Worse, they often cannot hear warnings from car horns, ending up injured by collisions which could have been completely avoidable.

There has been a lot of public education surrounding distracted driving, but we continue to see people on their phones, playing with their music devices, eating and sometimes reading while driving. These are simply unacceptable activities while driving, and they increase the risk of accidents and personal injury.

In 2012 Australia issued special warnings for pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings when using their phones and headphones following a spike in pedestrians being killed on roads. We have seen similar trends in Canada, and for the same reasons.

Here are some facts:

  1. Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. Drivers texting on a phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
  2. 84% of distracted driving related fatalities in the US were due to carelessness or inattentiveness.
  3. Distracted drivers are 3 times more likely to be in a crash.
  4. In 2010 in California pedestrian fatalities rose by 4.2% and injuries rose by 19% even though overall accident rates decreased. This increase is attributed to pedestrian distraction.
  5. Because of the rising rates of distracted pedestrian accidents many jurisdictions are considering passing laws to prohibit distracted walking.

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Bicycle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Drivers, Pedestrian Accidents

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