Texting While Walking Injuries on the Rise

Aug 7, 2012 Posted by in Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents, Distracted Driving

It’s no secret that distracted driving is a growing problem in Florida and across the nation.  Weekly, we post stories about how texting behind the wheel causes car accidents.  But according to a recent report by the Associated Press, people are getting hurt when they use their cellphones while walking, too.

The number of people treated at hospital emergency rooms for injuries suffered by distracted walking has increased greatly in the past seven years, according to the AP.  In fact, there were 1,150 distracted walking injuries last year.

Hospitals have treated people who have been hit by cars, fallen off curbs, or even walked onto train tracks – all because they were too busy using a cellphone or other device.  Whether you’re in a car, or on foot, looking at an electronic device is a distraction.

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If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver in Florida, call us today at (800) 299-8878 or fill out our convenient online contact form for a free consultation.

The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has provided professional and compassionate legal assistance to car accident victims in South Florida and the Treasure Coast since 1975. The firm sponsors a Facebook campaign to help end distracted driving entitled Hang Up and Drive! We believe that distracted driving is a life-threatening behavior that can be stopped.

We serve victims of automobile crashes in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Palm Beach and Vero Beach.

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