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Distractions While Walking Endanger Teenage Pedestrians
Even as the number of pedestrian fatalities involving other age groups is declining, there has been a spike in the number of teen pedestrian being killed in accidents.
Pedestrian accident lawyers are tying this increase to an increase in distractions while walking. According to a new study that was recently released by Safe Kids Worldwide, which is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to child safety issues, the number of pedestrian accident-related injuries in the 16-19 age group has actually been spiking, even as the numbers drop in other age groups. The number of teenagers injured by pedestrian accidents increased by 25% between 2006 and 2010, compared to 2001- 2005.
Distractions are caused when teenagers are walking, and involve the use of electronic communication devices. There are a number of distractions available to teenagers, from their cell phones and portable MP3 players, to iPods and iPads. Distracted motorists are a major cause of accidents involving pedestrians every year.
Motorists who are distracted while they’re using their cell phones or texting while driving are a serious risk to pedestrians, because they may not notice the pedestrian in time to avoid an accident. However, a pedestrian who is texting while driving or talking on a cell phone while driving or is distracted by his mp3 player, may also be at a high risk of an accident.
A study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project also recently found that cell phone ownership among teenagers has spiked sharply. Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of teens who own smart phones. This category of people also seems to have much higher rates of texting. Texting is a popular practice among teenagers, and it is estimated that teenagers send and receive as many as 100 text messages daily on average.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, there has been a decline in the number of pedestrian accident-related injury and fatality rates for every 100,000 children. However, among teenagers, that rate isn’t dropping as steadily.
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