Charleston, WV, September 17, 2015: Personal Injury attorney Jeffrey T. Jones, founder of the Law Offices of Jeffrey T. Jones, and best-selling author of “Protect and Defend” has posted a new blog on his website entitled “Texting Cited for Increase in Teenage Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths.” Technology has certainly opened up a whole new world of possibilities while simultaneously creating a more dangerous world for our children.
Mr. Jones strikes a note of urgency as he writes, “Back to school means hundreds of thousands of our country’s children are heading out to school each day on foot, bicycles, motorcycles and cars. Those on foot are often the most vulnerable.”He continues adding, “The number of pedestrian injuries and deaths increase in September and occur most often during the hours before and after school. I admit I was not surprised to see a new trend in the age of children who are injured.”
“According to Safekids.org,” says Jones, “historically, it has been the younger children walking to school who were at greater risk than teenagers. Specifically, children 5 to 9 years old were more often hit by a vehicle than any other age group under 19.” “However,” he continues, “it is revealed in the most recent study undertaken by Safekids.org that, “The death rate among older teens is now twice that of younger children.”
As Jones notes, “The reason for this increase in teenage related pedestrian injury and death is thought to be “distraction caused by the use of electronics and hand-held devices while walking.” Specifically texting while walking is thought to be the greatest distraction according to a study by The Nielsen Company posted on the National Safety Council website. According to the study, “kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month.” (http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/back-to-school-safety-tips.aspx)
According to Jones, “The correlation with the continuous rise in drivers distracted by cell phone use seems to make sense. Add distracted teenagers and distracted drivers and you have a doubly dangerous combination.”
The entire blog can be read at http://www.jeffreytjones.com/texting-cited-for-increase-in-teenage-pedestrian-injuries-and-deaths/
About Jeffrey T. Jones
Jeffrey T. Jones has more than 25 years of experience and served as the former President of the West Virginia Association for Justice and is a Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and IRS Tax Attorney in Charleston, West Virginia. He has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in West Virginia. He has appeared in USA TODAY as an Emerging Business Leader to Watch and has been named one of the top 10 lawyers in West Virginia for client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He represents persons injured or killed in accidents and has written the West Virginia Automobile Accident Injury Guide and a Special Report dealing with car accidents, personal injury and insurance companies.
About the Law Offices of Jeffrey T. Jones
For quality, dependable legal representation, clients throughout West Virginia rely on the Law Offices of Jeffrey T. Jones, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Our office serves clients from Charleston to Huntington, from Beckley to Princeton and as far as Clarksburg. We’re strong advocates for those who have been injured by negligence of any kind. Whether you have been injured by a negligent driver or a drunk driver, a defective product, or a doctor or hospital, we can help you recover the financial compensation you are entitled to receive.