Pedestrians on the Cell Phones and Accidents
All human interactions are just a call away. As a famous cell phone company rightly puts it, phones are indeed, “connecting people”. However, on the flip side, there has been an increase in the number of accidents caused while using a cell phone, in the last decade. The hazards of using phone while driving or crossing a street are many.
The study says it all
The University of Ohio conducted a study which shows that more than 1,000 pedestrians got distracted while using their cell phones thereby injuring themselves.To quote an example, Tiffany Briggs, 25, ran into a truck when she was deeply lost in a conversation over her phone. (Phew! So much for keeping in touch)
Interestingly, younger pedestrians (below 30) are injured more frequently than their older counterparts.
What causes accidents while using cell phones by pedestrians:
- Multitasking: Not all of us are blessed with the talent of multitasking. This distraction during managing different things simultaneously takes a toll on cognition and awareness, leading to an accident.
- Eyes off the road: Dialing a number or messaging a text requires us to take our eyes off the road resulting into, you guessed it, an accident.
- Interesting conversation: An interesting conversation will take your focus off the other things on the road.
- Stressed out: Let’s face it, not all the calls give us good news. The bad news can stress us out and in turn invite accidents.
- Game time: Many of us are too engrossed in our phone games that we seldom notice the speeding vehicle.
- Music mania: The phones provide music which snaps our attention on a busy street. Who can concentrate on the road when your are busy with Madonna?
So, the next time, you want to answer a call or text a massage on the road, think twice!