The hazards are of talking on a cell phone while driving are well documented. But two recent studies confirmed that cell phone usage also endangers those traveling on foot. Researchers suggest restricting cell phone use by both pedestrians and drivers to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities.
According to the study, cell phones initially helped reduce pedestrian deaths and traffic deaths, because accident victims were able to summon medical help quickly and improve their odds of survival. However, that effect disappeared once cell phone ownership reached a “critical mass” of 100 million.
Researchers now say that “cell phones and their usage above a critical threshold adds to motor vehicle fatalities.” They also say it has a “significant adverse effect on pedestrian safety.” The studies analysed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation, MADD, and the U.S. Census Bureau, among other agencies.
Cell Phone Studies: Whether You’re Talking While Walking or While Driving, Cell Phones = Increased Fatalities, Rutgers, March 4, 2009
If you or a family member have been injured on the road, then contact a Massachusetts car crash lawyer to discuss your legal options.