Have you ever checked your email or replied to a text while walking down a busy sidewalk? What happened when you got to the intersection? Did you trust the light and cross? Did you briefly glance up and then continue to text while crossing? If so, you are not alone. A study of Seattle pedestrians found that nearly one-third of pedestrians use a mobile device while crossing the street.
The study was published in the December 13, 2012, issue of the journal Injury Prevention. Researchers observed pedestrian activity at 20 busy intersections during the summer of 2012. Nearly one out of every three pedestrians was involved in a distracting activity, including:
- Listening to music with headphones
- Disciplining children or pets
- Talking on the phone
- Checking email
The authors of the study found that texting while walking is especially dangerous. Pedestrians who are texting take two seconds longer to cross a busy street and are less likely to pay attention to traffic then drivers who are not texting.
According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration distracted driving causes about 3,000 deaths each year. Cell phone use is the leading cause of distracted driving accidents. Could reducing pedestrian distraction also save lives?
Florida ranks second only to California in the number of pedestrian accident deaths. Jupiter accident injury attorney David Glatthorn represents victims of Florida car-pedestrian crashes. If you or someone you love was injured by a distracted or reckless driver you may be eligible for compensation through a Florida pedestrian accident claim. To learn more, request a free copy of David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim or contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.