If you are a parent to a teenager, you know firsthand how much teens like to text, talk, and use their cell phones. They use them for everything from texting their friends to posting pictures and comments on Facebook. It’s almost as if they cannot put their phones down. Sadly, some teenagers cannot, which is why there have been many tragic car accidents and pedestrian accidents in Georgia due to texting.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, teens aren’t only driving distracted, they are walking while distracted as well. This is why teen pedestrian injuries—in the 16–19 year-old age group—have increased about 25 percent in the past five years. This is shocking to say the least.
Why can’t teens put down their phones while they walk and drive? No text, call, or social media post is worth getting injured over. Unfortunately, some high schoolers and middle schoolers don’t realize the danger that comes with distracted walking.
In a recent study from Safe Kids Worldwide, researchers watched kid and teen pedestrians cross the street near school zones. This study included:
- 68 schools
- 17 states
- 34,325 street crossings
What researchers found is that one in eight middle school students and one in five high school students cross the street while doing something with a digital device. This included texting and talking on cell phones as well as listening to music. The results are as follows:
- 39% of distracted students were typing on their cell phones
- 39% of distracted walkers were listening to headphones
- 20% of distracted pedestrians were talking on cell phones
- Rest of the distracted students were using other electronic devices
While girls were observed to be a bit more distracted while walking than boys, the pedestrian death rate for boys is 1.8 times higher. Sadly, older teenagers now account for 50 percent of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under. Unfortunately, the majority of teens don’t feel at risk while participating in distracted walking, as 78 percent of teens perceive the most at-risk age group for pedestrian accidents to be younger or older age groups.
The truth is, it can be difficult to walk and talk at the same time let alone walk and text, which is one reason why teen pedestrian injuries and fatalities have increased and numerous people are treated for injuries related to distracted cell phone walking. For this reason, it is critical that parents talk with their children about the dangers of distracted walking in order to reduce a child’s chances of being in a Georgia pedestrian accident.
If you or your child has suffered harm in pedestrian accident due to someone else’s negligence or distraction, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to speak with a Peachtree City pedestrian injury lawyer in a free consultation today.