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Cell Phone Distraction Can Lead To Accidents And Potential Legal Liability Issues

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Apr. 26, 2012

Category

Car Accident Law

The Los Angeles Times has a news story about a young girl in China who fell into a 20 foot deep sinkhole while speaking on her cell phone.

Her accident was videotaped by security cameras posted near the sinkhole. This video has apparently gone “viral” throughout the internet. The young woman was not injured but reportedly quite embarrassed by her fall.

The Times story indicates that there are studies that have shown what I believe to be obvious that pedestrians are more likely to engage in unsafe conduct and are less aware of what is going on around them when speaking on a cell phone. The Times story cites references to other media sources that are reporting that there may have been warning blocks on the street that the young woman did not see. The Times report indicates that she herself did not see any colored warning cones or security tape around the area of the sinkhole.

A cab driver who witnessed the accident left his taxi and climbed into the hole to help the girl. He reported to the media that the girl at first appeared to be unconscious but responded after he shook her. He added that she was very emotional, was shaking, and was crying. If you were injured, call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. to speak with one of our best personal injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale.