The Rise of ‘Pedextrians’ and Accidents Involving Distracted Walkers: new studies

A study out of Ohio State University found that the number of accidents involving emergency room visits for walking and texting has doubled every single year since 2006. The number is expected to continue to double.

Another study from the University of Maryland Medical Center looked at injuries involving pedestrians wearing headphones. According to their findings, there were 116 deaths or injuries between 2004 and 2011 – primarily men under 30 in urban areas.

Lawmakers, law enforcement and researchers have spent a great deal of time and energy focusing on distracted driving, but distracted walking is becoming an increasingly common problem.