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The real risk of distracted walking

Cellphones clearly lead to a lot of distracted driving. There's a reason that recent laws have begun to make it illegal all over the United States. Drivers who are looking at their phones are not paying attention to the road, and that causes accidents.

But don't assume that distraction is just a problem behind the wheel. The reality is that distracted walking is also becoming an issue. Take the case where a man who was texting walked into a wall or the one where a woman fell into a fountain. It's clear that people who are so focused on their phones are not able to watch what they're doing, even when the risks are very clear and obvious.

One way that this danger manifests itself is in auto-pedestrian accidents. If someone is texting and walking, they could step into traffic without realizing it. They could begin crossing the street when they don't have the walk signal. They could step in front of an emergency vehicle. In short, they could make mistakes and become very unpredictable.

With this risk in mind, maybe you have decided that you will never text while you walk. You don't want to injure yourself or anyone else.

That's a great place to begin. Unfortunately, it does not guarantee that you will never get injured in an auto-pedestrian accident. A distracted or careless driver could still hit you, even if you're aware of your surroundings and properly following the law.

If this happens, you may find yourself facing high medical bills, and you need to know how to seek financial compensation.

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