Our city has long been a haven for pedestrians and cyclists. That’s why it’s disturbing to discover that the number of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents caused by distracted drivers has increased dramatically in recent years nationwide.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 17, 2014
Distracted driving accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists have increased dramatically in recent years nationwide, a particularly alarming statistic to residents of Portland, where another study recently revealed an increase in the number of people commuting to work without their car, according to Portland, OR personal injury lawyer Jon Zbinden of Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law.
The attorneys at Zbinden & Curtis commented on findings published in Science Daily, “Distracted Driving Killing More Pedestrians, Bicyclists” (Nov. 20, 2013) and in US PIRG, “In Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America’s Biggest Cities” (Dec. 2013).
“Portland pedestrians should rightly be concerned about these two studies,” Zbinden said. “It’s no surprise that more people are walking to work in Portland. Our city has long been a haven for pedestrians and cyclists. That’s why it’s disturbing to discover that the number of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents caused by distracted drivers has increased dramatically in recent years nationwide. Pedestrian accidents can turn people’s lives upside down. We have handled many cases involving serious pedestrian accidents in Portland.”
Between 2000 and 2011, Portland experienced a 3.6 percent decline in the number of commuters using cars or vans. During the same time period, Portland recorded the largest increase nationwide (1.7 percent) in the number of people commuting to work on bicycles, according to US PIRG.
Meanwhile, between 2005 and 2010, the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed by distracted drivers nationwide has continued to climb higher, according to a study written by Fernando Wilson, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, according to Science Daily, “Distracted Driving Killing More Pedestrians, Bicyclists” (Nov. 20, 2013). Wilson based his report on statistics compiled in the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Wilson’s study compared distracted driving fatality statistics from 2005 to 2010. In 2005, a total of 344 pedestrians and 56 bicyclists nationwide were killed by distracted drivers, Science Daily reported. In 2010, a total of 500 pedestrians died (an increase of 45 percent) and 73 cyclists were killed (30 percent increase) by distracted drivers, according to Science Daily.
Such statistics came as no surprise to Portland OR pedestrian accident attorney George Curtis of Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law. “There might be more pedestrians and cyclists in Portland than there were a decade ago, but the number of drivers using cellphones has surely skyrocketed during the same time period,” Curtis said. “Cyclists and pedestrians can only do so much to stay safe on the road. Drivers have to do their part and make sure there are no distracted driving car accidents in Portland. That means putting down the phone and focusing on the road. It’s that simple.”
Including Oregon, 41 states and the District of Columbia have laws banning texting while driving for all drivers, according to Governors Highway Safety Association website, which was last updated in December 2013.
For more information about the rights of people injured in distracted driving accidents and the legal options available to families in Oregon and Washington, call (503) 287-5000 or complete the online contact form.
About Zbinden & Curtis
Portland personal injury lawyers Zbinden & Curtis represent injury victims throughout Oregon and Washington. Attorneys Jon Zbinden and George Curtis have practiced law since 1982. Since their partnership began in 1987, Zbinden & Curtis have assisted thousands of injury victims and their families in personal injury cases, ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic injury or death. Zbinden & Curtis handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, products liability, slip and fall accidents and dangerous drugs. The law firm offers a free consultation to all potential clients. Attorneys Zbinden and Curtis work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay if they win.
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