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Distracted Walking Injuries Can Be Prevented With Common Sense
Date:7/10/2013

y may have underestimated is the pervasiveness of distraction in every part of our lives. It’s shocking that we would need PSAs teaching grown adults such simple tactics as looking both ways before crossing the street, but that’s what things might come to in this cellphone- and tablet-based world.”

The good news is that distraction is easily avoidable. Mr. Rosenberg and his associates have put together a list of safety tips that pedestrians and drivers can follow to avoid an accident stemming from distracted walking.

Pedestrians

•Put Down The Phone- This should seem like a no-brainer when it comes to preventing an accident, but stowing one’s phone and stepping to the side when taking a call is harder to do than many would admit. This simple tactic is essential to avoiding an injury where a distracted individual runs into a pole, another pedestrian, or an incoming motor vehicle.

•Eliminate Other Distractions- While cellphones stand out, numerous other distractions have invaded the daily lives of the average pedestrian. Persons on foot should avoid listening to music, burying their noses in a map or book, and eating or drinking.

•Obey Traffic Law- Whether a pedestrian is on his or her cellphone or not, it’s always important to cross at marked intersections and respect the right of way of vehicles that have the green light. Pedestrians should look both ways and stick to sidewalks when not crossing.

Drivers

•Take Notice of Inattentive Pedestrians- Drivers must scan the environment ahead of them for pedestrians on their phones or otherwise focused on something other than their own surroundings. One should slow down and be ready to hit the brakes if it looks like someone is giving more import to their conversation than to their safety.

•Put Down The Phone- It’s impossible for a driver to recognize a pedestrian’s inattentiveness when they’re being just as inattentive. Phones should be placed someplace o
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