Are Smartphones Killing Connecticut Pedestrians?
Connecticut pedestrian accident deaths are on the rise. Early data from the Governors Highway Safety Association has Connecticut pedestrian deaths 33% higher in 2016 than 2015. Why such a sharp increase?
The data is disturbing: most pedestrian accidents nationwide occur in spaces that are meant for vehicles. Only one in five deaths happen at an intersection. While the reason for such a sharp increase is not conclusive, what is apparent is the usage of smartphones. In 2015, two-thirds of Americans were smartphone owners.
Both motor vehicle operators and pedestrians use smartphones and therefore are less likely to be aware of their surroundings. Connecticut has a cell phone law that prohibits the use of any hand-held mobile device while operating a vehicle.
If you or your loved one was injured in a Connecticut pedestrian accident or Connecticut auto accident where the person who caused your injury was distracted by a smartphone, contact our office. Our firm has represented injured people in cases just like yours.