Fort Myers Injury Lawyers: Talk to Your Teen About Distracted Walking

by Carmen Dellutri on September 20, 2013

Sarasota accident attorneyIf your teen likes to listen to music, text or talk on the phone while traveling to and from school, it is important to talk to him or her about the dangers of distracted walking.

While it may seem like a trivial concern, a large number of pedestrian accidents are now attributed to distractions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 1,152 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2011 for injuries caused when walking and using a cell phone or electronic device.

The risk of distracted walking is particularly high among teens, according to a new study by Safe Kids Worldwide. It found that one in five high school age students cross the street distracted. The most common activities included texting on a phone (39 percent) or using headphones (39 percent).

In many cases, teens may not appreciate the risks of being distracted. Below are several tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Do not walk, talk and text.
  • If you have to talk or text, move out of the way of others and to the side of the walkway.
  • Do not cross or walk in the street while using an electronic device.
  • Do not walk with headphones in your ears.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially in congested areas.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers pedestrian accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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