Electronic distractions increase auto-pedestrian accident risk

The number of distracted pedestrians killed in car accidents has increased four-fold over the past seven years, and evidence suggests many of these deaths were avoidable. Dallas residents already know that texting and driving increases the risk of an auto accident, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data show that texting and walking is a…

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Survey reveals growing problem of distracted walking

San Francisco readers might be interested in the results of a new survey highlighting the growing issue of distracted walking. As more people are acquiring smartphones, the problem of distracted walking is likely to become a more serious safety issue. A new survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance found that 60% of pedestrians openly admit…

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Distracted walking may lead to pedestrian accidents

Washington, DC pedestrians may want to spend less time texting and more time watching the road. According to a new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance, 60 percent of pedestrians admitted to using their phones or listening to music while walking. Over 70 percent of the distracted pedestrians admitted to doing so even though they considered…

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Hands-free devices may increase car crash risk

A study performed by AAA may help explain the line of “looked but did not see” that often appears in Missouri accident reports. The study found that the growing number of hands-free infotainment systems included in vehicles pose a significant danger in the form of distracted driving. The official recommendation, which was delivered by AAA…

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Distracted walking increases auto pedestrian accident risk

Lessons learned about pedestrian safety as children have been forgotten by older residents of New York in the era of smartphones and other personal electronics, according to authorities on the subject in a recent piece. Just as texting while driving poses a greater risk of an auto accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found…

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New York father fights distracted driving following loss of son

A New York father is putting pressure on lawmakers and police officers to treat distracted driving the same way as drunk driving. Along with his family and others, he formed an organization called Distracted Operators Risk Casualties, or DORCs. The man lost his 18-year-old son in 2011 following a head-on collision in which distracted driving…

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