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"Distracted Pedestrian" Accidents a Growing Concern

The yearly number of distracted pedestrians injured while using a cell phone is on the rise, according to a new study by the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention.

Long Beach's busy roadways and sidewalks are filled with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Everyone is at risk when a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian is distracted by the use of a cell phone. Whether the cell phone user is talking on the phone, reading emails, or texting, their attention is diverted from their surroundings, putting at risk themselves and those around them.

According to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt, pedestrians should always be alert and aware of their surroundings and the people around them.

Within the last year, six pedestrians have been hit and killed by cars in Long Beach.

According to the study's authors, in 2010, nationally, the number of pedestrians injured in accidents while using a cell phone surpassed the number of drivers injured while using a cell phone,

In 2011, 4,430 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That figure has increased 8% since 2009.

If you or a family member has been injured or killed as the result of a pedestrian accident, contact McGee, Lerer & Associates, a Long Beach personal injury law firm. Our firm represents injury victims in and around Long Beach, including Bellflower, Lakewood, Downey, and Carson.

An attorney at our firm is available 24/7 for a free consultation.