Posted in Pedestrian Accidents on July 28, 2013
New Research Shows Distracted Walking Causes South Florida Accidents
Almost everyone seems to have a cell phone these days, as popularity for the iPhone and other smartphones is ever increasing. Although the cell phone is a great invention, it seems as if it poses an inevitable threat on the road to those using one.
The American College of Emergency Physicians has issued a warning stating that texting while driving, walking, biking, or rollerblading can cause serious injuries or death. Drivers of moving motor vehicles are not the only ones who pose a threat on the road. It seems as if the use of cell phones amongst pedestrians is increasing – and not for the good.
Distracted pedestrian accidents and throughout the country have ranged in severity including:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken fingers
- Broken limbs
- Catastrophic Brain injuries w
Another aspect of distracted walking has involved young children who use cell phones. Whether parents give their children phones for safety purposes or for short-term entertainment purposes while their parents are busy, one thing is for certain: The effects of using a cell phone in certain environments can be dangerous for children.
The University of Birmingham conducted a study that focused on children using cell phones. The study indicated that children using cell phones were 20% less likely to look both ways before crossing the street, took 20% longer to get across the street while on the phone, and were 43% more likely to get hit by a moving motor vehicle due to this. Pedestrians, no matter the age, need to be careful and be alert while walking next to traffic.