We are constantly being made aware of the dangers of texting while driving. Everyone knows that it increases the risk of an accident and that it is one of the leading dangers for road cyclists. Yet many people see texting at other times as a harmless means of communicating, and never give it a second thought.
As it turns out, this assumption is false. Texting is hazardous no matter what type of motion the texter is engaging in.
Recent studies have shown that distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Among the injuries seen are bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping and walking into traffic. In London, the problem has become so common that bumpers have been attached to light posts in areas with large numbers of pedestrians to prevent people from crashing into them. Continue reading ….