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The Dangers of Walking, Cell Phones, and Bears

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

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1/26/2014
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A man walks and texts. Totally engrossed in his texting, he doesn't notice that there is a bear, a real live bear, in his path. He looks up, panics, and runs away. We all laugh, because it's funny, it really is.

But what if the bear had been a car, a truck, a train? In one of these situations, there is no way the man could have avoided being hit. And the video of that would be far from funny.

The Days of Distraction

Distracted WalkersStand back and watch people walking on a busy street. I am willing to wager that at least half of them are either talking on a cell phone or tapping away on a screen. Screen-related distraction is now the norm, but that does not make it safe.

A study featured in USA Today showed that pedestrian cell phone-related injuries have doubled since 2005. It found that in 2010 alone, at least 1,500 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while walking and using a mobile device.

And I'm not talking about people tripping on a crack and twisting an ankle. Some of the injuries were very serious and included people who had:

  • Fallen off bridges
  • Walked into traffic
  • Stepped off raised walkways

There is just one way to avoid such an accident, and I am betting you already know what it is: don't use your phone while walking. If that email just cannot wait, step off to the side and write it. Doing so may save both you and your ego from taking a major hit.  After all, nobody wants to be the guy who almost ran into a bear—or the guy who walked off a bridge and nearly drowned.

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