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What is Distracted Walking?
Distracted walking, sometimes referred to as "pedestrian distraction," occurs when individuals engage in activities that divert their attention away from their immediate surroundings while walking.
Most everyone is a pedestrian at one point or another. Whether walking through a parking lot or across a street, pedestrians encounter traffic and distracted drivers that increase their chances for pedestrian injuries. However, drivers aren’t the only ones distracted; pedestrians are sometimes distracted while they are walking down the street as well.
Common Reasons Pedestrians Are Distracted While Walking
There have been many studies over the past two years, for example, who have revealed the same facts—pedestrians are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident if they walk distracted.
Distracted walking includes:
- Listening to music
- Texting while walking
- Talking on a cell phone while walking
- Using a cell phone in any way while walking
- Talking to someone nearby
- Walking a dog
- And more
According to a Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Survey, 60% of pedestrians surveyed walk while talking on their cell phone, emailing, texting, or listening to music. Liberty Mutual said that it is likely that there is a direct correlation between an increase in pedestrian deaths and distracted pedestrians. The survey also found that drivers are also prioritizing their phones over pedestrian safety.
Both pedestrians and drivers alike have responsibilities to be safe and aware of what is around them; however, technology has made distracted driving and walking a problem.
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