Everyone multitasks, but juggling certain activities may be
more dangerous than you might think. A recent study showed that texting while walking can lead to serious
injuries and is responsible for a startling volume of accidents in the
United States. While most texting-while-waking injuries are minor (stubbed
toes, tripping over boxes, etc.), others lead to serious medical issues.
Falling down the stairs, for example, can easily cause bone fractures,
sprains, back injuries, head injuries, etc.
Although texting-while-driving causes more fatal and serious injuries,
walking-while-texting accidents are more common.
A professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo in New York
stated, "When texting, you're not as in control with the complex
actions of walking. While talking on the phone is a distraction, texting
is much more dangerous because you can't see the path in front of
Texting Behind the Wheel vs. Texting While Walking
In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
has focused significant effort on texting while driving. Interestingly,
some of the same issues related to texting while driving apply to texting
and walking. According to the NHTSA, there are three types of distraction:
manual, visual, and cognitive. Reading a text presents the same distractions
to pedestrians as it does to drivers. Not only are pedestrians distracted
from the path in front of them, they are mentally distracted too.
Cellphone-Related Pedestrian Injuries Triple in Recent Years
According to a study conducted by Ohio State University, the number of
cellphone-related pedestrian ER visits tripled between 2004 and 2010.
During this same time, the total number of pedestrian accidents decreased.
Adults under the age of 30 suffered the highest percentage of cellphone-related
Like any form of carelessness, texting while walking not only places the
pedestrian in danger, but others as well. Walking and texting increases
the likelihood that you will walk into the street or walk in front of
another person and cause and accident.
In another study, researchers at Stony Brook University found that, compared
to individuals who are not texting, pedestrians who text are 61 percent
more likely to walk away from their intended path and 13 percent more
like to overshoot their destination. If you destination is the edge of
a curb, taking an extra step could cause a serious accident.
If you suffered a serious injury, Roman & Gaynor can help you seek
compensation for your injuries.
Contact our office today to see what our topnotch legal team can do for your case.