Pedestrian Accidents More Frequent


Our attorneys have represented many people who were injured while walking on the road or crossing the street.  The most tragic cases happen when someone is crossing the street in the crosswalk and a distracted car driver doesn’t stop.  When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the injuries are frequently severe – resulting in major medical bills and future disability.

A car is such a large heavy object that any impact with a person, even at minimal speed, comes with enough force to cause serious injury or push the person hit with enough force that they hit the ground hard. Most often, these accidents are caused by driver inattention or distraction. Sometimes the driver is on a cellphone or texting while driving, and sometimes the driver is just not paying attention.

Walking on Road Hit By Car
Walking on Road Hit By Car

However, in the StarTribune today, there was a prominent article discussing an increase in accidents caused by the person walking looking at a cellphone. The article mentioned that for the first time this year, the National Safety Council added cellphone-distracted walking to its data of unintentional deaths and injuries. The council found that over a ten-year period more than 11,000 people were injured while walking and talking on their phones. Inattentive walkers take longer to cross the street.  They are also more likely to ignore traffic lights or fail to look both ways. To see the whole article, click on this link.


This doesn’t mean that a driver can legally just run you over because you are looking at your cellphone while crossing the street.  Drivers have a higher obligation to pay attention while driving and not hit people crossing an intersection. But we do want people to be aware of the danger of walking or running while using their phone, particularly if they are crossing a street.

If you are hit by a car while crossing the street in Minnesota, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation.  Our attorneys will get the facts of your case, answer your questions, and make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.