Smartphones can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, and many lives have been lost as a result of distracted driving. For example, someone who is trying to read an email, send a text message or watch a video on their phone may not be paying close attention to the road (or they may be ignoring the road altogether). This can be disastrous behind the wheel, and smartphone use can also be dangerous for others on the road, such as bicyclists and pedestrians. It is also important for pedestrians to be aware of the risk of an accident due to being distracted.
There are numerous reasons why pedestrians may use their phones. Some may be socializing with their friends or classmates, not realizing that using their phone may place them in danger. Others may need to use their phone because they are lost and are using an app for directions or because they are looking up information online (such as where to go for dinner). There are a host of reasons why pedestrians use their phones, and it is important to be aware that this can be dangerous in certain circumstances.
While on their phone, a pedestrian may not notice that a reckless driver is heading toward them. Or, a pedestrian may accidentally walk onto the road, in front of an oncoming vehicle. Pedestrians may also fail to pay attention to other vehicles while crossing the road because their eyes are on their devices. That said, many pedestrians have been involved in accidents because of careless drivers who were using their phone instead of paying attention to the road.