January 15, 2016

Distracted Walking

Have you bumped into someone on the sidewalk while texting? You’re not alone.

According to News1130, thousands of people are crashing into each year due to distracted walking – they can’t take their eyes off their smartphone.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conducted a survey on distracted walking because most people believe they aren’t the problem when it comes to walking and texting, talking selfies, listening to music, and bumping into other pedestrians.

Distracted walking seems harmless, but it is very dangerous. Emergency room visits for distracted driving went up 35% from 2010 to 2013. Injuries include contusions, sprained ankles, and fractures from falling and bumping into others.

In today’s digital age, it’s almost second nature to text and walk. Do yourself a favour and move over to the side of the sidewalk if you need to use your smartphone, you might prevent a serious injury. Otherwise it is just a matter of time until you run into something or something runs into you. “Don’t become a digital dead walker.”


For more information

  • Pedestrians Need to Look up From Their Smartphones to Avoid Injuries: Police, News1130
  • Our Advice? Don’t Be a Digital Dead Walker, The Province

Author - Slater Vecchio

Slater Vecchio LLP is a boutique law firm located in British Columbia. Over the past 20 years, Slater Vecchio has represented thousands of clients and has grown into one of the largest personal injury and class action firms in the province.