5 ways phones can distract drivers from seeing pedestrians

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Pedestrian Accidents

Distracted driving poses a significant threat to pedestrians. For example, unlike vehicles, pedestrians may not always follow predictable paths or be as visible to drivers. Drivers may scan for other cars while not watching for pedestrians crossing the street or walking along sidewalks.

As a result, even a momentary distraction caused by phone use can have devastating consequences that require compensation for injuries or fatalities.

1. Notifications

The constant stream of notifications from social media, messaging apps and email can tempt drivers to glance at their phones while behind the wheel. Even a short distraction to check a notification can result in a failure to notice pedestrians.

2. Texting

Texting while driving demands visual, manual and cognitive attention. A driver engrossed in texting may fail to see pedestrians in their path or fail to react promptly to changes in traffic conditions.

3. Talking

Engaging in phone conversations, whether through handheld or hands-free devices, can also distract drivers. Conversations require cognitive focus, reducing the driver’s ability to process visual information effectively. This distraction increases the likelihood of not seeing pedestrians in the vicinity.

4. Navigation

Using GPS navigation apps on smartphones can lead drivers to take their eyes off the road to check directions. This distraction can cause them to overlook pedestrians crossing intersections or walking near the roadway.

5. Social media

Scrolling through social media feeds or browsing the internet while driving is a dangerous habit. It can result in catastrophic accidents. The allure of staying connected online can cause drivers to become completely oblivious to nearby pedestrians.

The pervasive use of mobile phones while driving poses a significant threat to pedestrians. Injured pedestrians can seek compensation by pursuing legal action against negligent drivers. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.


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