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Pedestrian Accidents More Frequent

HIT BY CAR WHILE CROSSING THE STREET – MN INJURY LAWYERS

Our attorneys have represented many people who were injured while walking down a street or injured while crossing the street.  The most tragic cases happen when someone is crossing the street in the crosswalk and a 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.

However, in the StarTribune newspaper today, there was a prominent article pointing out that there has also been an increase in accidents caused by the walker not paying attention because of 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 between 2000 and 2011 more than 11,000 people were injured while walking and talking on their phones. Inattentive walkers take longer to cross the street and are 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 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, conduct an investigation, answer your questions, and make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.