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.