We hear a lot about distracted driving, but what about distracted walking? Find Personal Injury Lawyer
Given the recent car pedestrian accident near Missouri State University.
Be careful to avoid distracted driving AND walking around Springfield Missouri. According to recent data from the National Safety Council there has been a significant increase in injuries suffered by pedestrians who are distracted by talking or texting on their cell phones.
As more and more people use their mobile devices while walking, and even crossing streets, the number of emergency room visits by ‘distracted walkers’ has grown. This trend is particularly worrisome as more and more children and teenagers own mobile devices, and are also using them in this dangerous manner.
I recently was forced to hit the brakes hard to avoid a girl walking with her head down using her phone. She stepped out into the street, nowhere near a crosswalk without looking up from her phone.
According to Injury Facts, distracted walking incidents involving cell phones accounted for more than 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011.
52% of cell phone distracted walking injuries happen at home
68% of those injured are women
54% are age 40 or younger
Nearly 80% of the injuries were due to a fall
To reduce the dangers of ‘distracted walking,’ the National Safety Council recommends the following precautions:
– Do not walk, talk and text
– If you have to talk or text, move out of the way of other pedestrians, to the side of the walkway
– Never cross or walk in the street while using an electronic device
– Do not walk with headphones in your ears
– Be aware of your surroundings
For more information this issue and other safety related news, please visit www.nsc.org.
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