Wearing Headphones While Walking Can Lead to Pedestrian Accidents
It seems the Palm Beach Post reports at least one pedestrian accident in Palm Beach each week. Some weeks report even more.
A recent study found that pedestrian accidents are increasing in urban areas. Victims aren't children or the elderly- the groups traditionally at the highest risk of a Florida pedestrian accident injury. Instead, the victims are young men under the age of 30. These men have one thing in common: they are wearing headphones. The number of pedestrian accident injuries and deaths where the victim was wearing headphones has more than tripled since 2004.
The study was conducted by researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine and was published in the January 16th online issue of the journal, Injury Prevention. The authors conducted the study because while much is known about the effects of distraction on drivers, there has been little research carried out about distracted pedestrians.
The study focused on 116 reports of death or injury of pedestrians using headphones. In about one-third of the crashes, the vehicle sounded a warning before the accident occurred. However, the pedestrian likely didn't hear the warning. Researchers concluded that pedestrians who use headphones put themselves at risk. These researchers urged that more studies focus on the role of pedestrian distraction.
While Florida pedestrians have a responsibility to be careful around traffic, drivers also have a duty to watch for pedestrians. Victims of Florida pedestrian accidents may be eligible for injury compensation even if they are partly at fault for the crash. To learn more, contact a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.
Learn more about the rights of Florida injury victims in West Palm Beach personal injury attorney David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. To discuss your claim with David Glatthorn, call 888-340-2620.