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Though more frequent, injuries resulting from texting w... Though more frequent, injuries resulting from texting while walking are often much less severe (Getty Images).
Texting while walking results in more injuries per mile than texting while driving, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo.

Looking down and typing and/or reading while walking often results in bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over objects or stepping into traffic. It's gotten so bad on one busy London street, for instance, bumpers had to be placed on light posts in order to cushion the blow for the people strolling into them, according to NDTV.com.

"When texting, you're not as in control with the complex actions of walking," Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, told NDTV.com.

Although injuries that happen while texting and walking may be more frequent, they're generally much less severe than those that occur while driving. Walking into a wall will result in minor bruising to the skin and major bruising to the ego, but car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones often result in severe injuries and even death. In fact, each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the CDC.

Laws are now enforced in many states forbidding the use of mobile devices while driving, but legislation aimed at curbing pedestrian use has seen little success.

Jehle believes that as many as ten percent of the tens of thousands of pedestrians that are treated at emergency rooms annually were put there due to accidents involving use of a mobile device. He suggested using the phone's camera to display the approaching streetscape while pedestrians text.

We should all be a little embarrassed that the above suggestion was completely genuine and not from The Onion.


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      bharrison777
      • 1 Year Ago
      Democrats can't do both at the same time.
      bocavert
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can educate and admonish, but people do foolish things. I was standing at a stop sign and watched a female walk into the stop sign post. Knock herself into an oblivion. Is there a way to not allow texting or even phone conversations along designated streets or roads from a moving vehicle? If one can imagine it they say it can be done. Next step a vehicle that drives itself.
        vernsmaria
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bocavert
        They're already close to driving themselves. So many bad drivers that the cars already can park themselves, they also will slow down or stop if you get to close to the vehicle in front of you.
          T Rock
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vernsmaria
          Thats what gets me - people can't park (or drive) so instead of teaching them how we invent a device to do it for them so they can continue being idiots behind the wheel.
      jhozef
      • 1 Year Ago
      Almost any daily activity has the potential for injury but instead of realizing that life has risks some egghead politician will try to pass a law making yet another activity illegal just to get their name in the headlines.
      slop9124
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be simpilar to just call and talk to someone rather than texting. To all you folks that can't do without that phone when in public and especially while driving you need a reality check. If you stumble and fall it's your fault that you hurt yourself but what about the other person. If you need to talk or text sit down or find a corner to stand in. If you are driving turn the phone off or park, the life you save may be mine. Most of these people don't care about anybody else. Who wants to hear you talking to your friends while in a store, resturant or public transit.
      rubrduk2
      • 1 Year Ago
      A very simple solution. Have Obama and his magic pen create an Executive order outlawing texts from phones. Now hard is that. Problem solved. We can live without texting. Of course the teens will be lost.
      goodgrief61945
      • 1 Year Ago
      My daughter can attest to the danger of texting and walking, as she hit her head on a ladder, sticking out of the back of a pickup truck. Ha !
        kmcc895370
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodgrief61945
        My question is . . . did it knock any sense into her?
      Rae Turner
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know we think there are too many laws but, I wish there was a law against walking and texting or talking on a phone. People walk along and ignore you while they are on thephone so that you have to jump back and forth between them . It is rude and bad mannered when they think they are so special that you have to watch out for them. Of course it is dangerous also but if they want to hurt themself I dont mind.
      • 1 Year Ago
      although its not safe, in any way you do it, this app has really helped me out a ton when i am walking somewhere: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tswapps.sidewalkbuddy
      bdgrizcp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most people today can hardly walk and chew gum. Texting...I had a kid walk into my car (I was stopped at a light) while he was texting. I saw two people--both texting--collide with each other at a Target. One was a soon to be ex-employee. We truly are becoming what C.M. Kornbluth described in his prophetic 1951 short novel, "The Marching Morons". It should be required reading for every American. The phrase 'I'd buy that for a dollar!' actually originated with this story and was used in Robocop. (In the story it was a quarter.) The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Vol. 2 is where this story was printed and if you're a sci-fi fan this collection has some incredible stories--and you might notice a plot or two lifted from these stories and turned into movies--under different titles. You can buy the book on Amazon.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this - 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail ✒✒✒✒✒✒✒✒WWW.WORKbarr.COM
      mcpackerfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think we need to get our fearless leader on top of this. more nonsense executive orders are exactly what is needed here.
      Jennifer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel sorry for this generation of kids who just have their faces planted in their phones. They are missing out on life. PERIOD.
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