In the past decade, there has been an explosion in the amount of mobile phone use and, consequently, a rise in the number of pedestrians who get injured while looking down at their phones. Find out how an Australian innovator has tried to prevent these injuries with new traffic light infrastructure.
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, you’re not alone as it is a common problem. You should consult with a lawyer to discuss accident compensation. Such compensation alleviates some of the financial stress caused by car accident injuries.
According to New South Wales Transport, more than 1,500 pedestrians are hit on NSW roads each year. This is a big problem and one that has been exacerbated by the use of mobile phones. Emergency medicine Professor Dietrich Jehle of the University at Buffalo states that at least 10 percent of pedestrian hospital visits result from accidents involving cell phones.
Jehel believes that the number of pedestrian injuries from cell phone use is in reality even higher than what the statistics state because people tend to omit information about themselves if they are embarrassed.
In response to the great increase in pedestrian injuries since Pokémon GO became popular, an Australian firm called Büro North created in-ground traffic lights so that pedestrians with their eyes down can be alerted to whether or not it’s safe to go.
If the lights on the ground are green, the pedestrian knows they’re in the clear. But if the lights are red, the hope is that the pedestrians will see the red lights beyond their phone and stop in their tracks. Büro North director Soren Luckins states that this new technology is an effort to update existing pedestrian infrastructure and address the fact that people look up much less while walking these days.
While pedestrians should make an effort to be more aware, at least now there is a solution if people won’t take their eyes off of their phones.
Getting compensation as an injured pedestrian
While pedestrians can be at fault if they were distracted by their phones, there are plenty of situations when they may have been looking down at their phone but it was the car that was in the wrong.
It is thus important that pedestrians are aware of the fact that they may be entitled to get compensation for the injuries they suffer. Get in touch with one of Gerard Malouf and Partners’ car accident lawyers to find out what compensation you could gain from being hit by a car.