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Pedestrian Accidents and Distracted Driving

Drivers are becoming significantly more distracted by cell phones, smart phones, and other electronic devices, pedestrians must be especially alert when crossing the street and even while using sidewalks. As a result, the U.S. Transportation Department has declared pedestrian and bicyclist safety as a top priority. In 2014 alone, 59 pedestrians were killed and another 941 injured in traffic accidents in Kentucky.

Distracted Driving is Deadly Driving

Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Distracted driving can include anything that diverts a driver’s attention from other vehicles, the roadway, or pedestrians, including:

Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD, DVD, or MP3 player

The following are some alarming facts according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Center for Disease control as applied to serious injury accidents involving distracted driving:

At 55 mph, the average text takes your eyes off the road long enough to cover a football field. (NHTSA)

69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed. (CDC)

31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed. (CDC)

Kentucky Laws to Protect Pedestrians

Kentucky has enacted a number of laws to protect pedestrians while crossing the roadway and while on sidewalks:

KRS 189.570

When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

(8) The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk.

(24) This section shall not relieve the operator of an emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway nor from the duty to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.

KRS 189.290

(1) The operator of any vehicle upon a highway shall operate the vehicle in a careful manner, with regard for the safety and convenience of pedestrians and other vehicles upon the highway.

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Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC
726 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 581-0800
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