Walking and texting dangerous? l Kirkland WA Pedestrian Injury Attorney
People walk into parked cars, light poles, trip over roots in sidewalks, all while engrossed in a cellphone conversation or writing a text. A little over 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because they got distracted, tripped and fell or ran into something while talking or texting on a cellphone. Which was double the numbers in 2006 and 2007 according to a study conducted by Ohio State University.
Examples in the OSU study included a 16 year-old who walked into a telephone pole and got a concussion; 28 year-old man who tripped and broke a finger, and a 68 year-old man who fell off a porch, spraining a thumb and ankle, all while using a cellphone.
A Western Washington University study found that using phones decrease awareness and cognition. The study did a test involving a person dressed up as a clown riding a unicycle riding around a central campus square. About half the people walking the the square by themselves said they saw the clown; the number was a little higher for people walking in pairs. But only 25% of people talking on a cellphone said they saw the clown. A term commonly applied to this is "inattention blindness," meaning a person can be looking at an object but fail to register it or process what it is.
Scary concept when you think about the driving distracted scenario!