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Teens Injured from Distracted Walking

Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Aug 30, 2012 in Personal Injury

A new study done by Safe Kids Worldwide suggests that distracted walking is causing 16- to- 19-year olds to be injured in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian injuries have decreased in every age group except 16- to -19-year olds; the number of teenagers injured in pedestrian accidents increased 25% from 2006 to 2010.

Recent data suggests that the rise in teen injuries is related to distractions caused by electronics and handheld devices. Teens are using electronic devices more frequently. A study done by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that teens are sending and receiving on average 110 text messages daily.

Another study done by the University of Alabama using a street-crossing simulation, found that kids using cell phones while walking were less attentive to traffic and more likely to walk into collisions.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible for legal recourse. Contact the Knoxville personal injury attorneys at Greg Coleman Law to discuss your legal options. Greg Coleman Law offers free case reviews to the public.

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