Just a few years ago, a smartphone game app called Pokemon Go! had people walking around Rochester looking at their phones and not the actual landscape ahead of them. While the game used real images of the landscape, they were not in real time. The result was, at times, people walking into buildings, wandering into traffic, and even walking off of high cliffs. In any form, distracted walking is dangerous. But is it as dangerous as distracted driving?
A car running into a pedestrian is almost always going to be much more problematic than a pedestrian walking into a car. However, a distracted walker could easily cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and cause a lot of damage.
Distracted walkers can run into other pedestrians, walk into traffic without paying attention, and hurt themselves by walking into obstacles that are clearly marked and dangerous. When it comes to focusing on what you are doing, walking and driving are similar. If you do not pay attention to where you are walking, you can injure yourself or others. You can also cause property damage that you may be responsible for financially.
The potential for injury with both a distracted walker and distracted driver is the same. Both are dangerous to those around them and can cause damage and injury.
It is your responsibility to be focused on what you are doing when you are walking or driving. Sometimes good people get into bad situations and that can lead to problems. If you are injured in a distracted walking or driving accident in Rochester, please call our Rochester Car Accident attorneys and let us give you the legal help and guidance you need.