We have the technology and the knowledge to bring pedestrian deaths to zero. Instead, the rate keeps rising.
In 2015, injury lawyers were surprised that pedestrian deaths had increased by the largest amount since national records were first recorded more than four decades ago. But 2016 has topped the previous record with 6,000 pedestrian deaths, another 11 percent spike. And no doubt, this year’s number will be even higher.
What is responsible for this record number of deaths? I’m sure you guessed correctly: texting.
But not just texting drivers. Texting walkers.
Everywhere you look, people’s eyes are glued to their phones, whether they are walking, biking, running, pushing baby strollers, and of course driving.
The phone-obsessed are oblivious to danger. We saw that firsthand last week when a texting driver killed 13 members of a church choir when his pickup truck collided with the charter van. If there were ever a case that should get our state legislature to outlaw texting while driving, this is it.
On Tuesday, a young woman plunged 60 feet from a bridge in Northern California and barely survived after taking a selfie.
People are so focused on the phone rather the risks around them that they are just accidents waiting to happen.