In today’s technology-based world, drivers are more focused on their
cell phones than they are on the road in front of them. This distraction
can prove highly dangerous. Think about it this way: at 60 mph, a vehicle
travels 88 feet per second. What that means is that if the driver looks
down for 2 seconds to read a text, they just covered 176, which is more
than half of a football field!
As a result, more news headlines reporting pedestrian accidents are popping
up every day, many even ending in fatalities.
At the end of July, an elderly woman was struck while crossing the street
in Santa Ana. She was put on life support but ultimately died a day later.
Police officers reported that drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor in
the accident, simply saying that the driver responsible for the accident
hit the woman while making a left turn.
Also in July, a young man in Saugus was fatally hit while making his way
through an intersection. He was declared dead at the scene after an SUV
reportedly struck the teen. Reports indicate that the SUV driver was cooperative
with police officers and willingly gave a statement.
Is Distracted Driving to Blame?
In cases like these, where it seems that alcohol or drugs were not the
problem, a safe question seems to be – then what
is the problem? Studies clearly indicate that there is a link between distracted
driving and traffic accidents. One report showed that nearly one in five
crashes in which someone was injured involved distracted driving.
While the main source of distraction comes from cell phones, other causes
are equally dangerous. Eating, fiddling with the radio, and talking to
passengers can take a driver’s focus from where it should be while
behind the wheel. The pedestrian accidents caused by this lack of focus
are extremely serious and the victims often suffer with the consequences
for a lifetime.
At Cohn & Swartzon, P.C., we believe that those suffering from pedestrian
accidents deserve justice. Whether you are the victim or you have lost
a loved one in such an accident, our firm can help you pursue compensation
for your pain and suffering. Backed by more than 30 years of combined
legal experience, there is no case too complex for our Orange County personal
Call our firm today to find out how we can help! Your best interests are
our top priority.