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Upsurge in pedestrian accidents linked to texting?
Saturday, September 15th, 2012

 “Ran into a pole … hurt pretty bad. Lesson
learned: don't text while running”

DAmore_Law_Group_Head_Injury

 

This is a picture of a
teenager who tried to send a text while running. He’s fine now, and fortunate
that it was only a superficial wound instead of a serious head injury.

I am glad that he
learned his lesson without permanent injury, but a report from Safe Kids
USA shows a 25% increase
in the number of teenagers hurt in pedestrian accidents.

“We suspect one cause of this disturbing trend is
distraction, since the increase in teen injuries seems to correlate with the
prevalence of cell phone use, both among walkers and drivers,” Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids
Worldwide

Nearly 5,000 Americans die in pedestrian accidents every year, and tens of thousands more are
injured. Distraction is not new, but the number of ways in which both pedestrians
and drivers can be distracted has grown
exponentially.

This is
a lesson to all of us to be aware of our surroundings, for our own safety and
others. 

 

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