Preventing injuries related to 'distracted walking' - WNCN: News, Weather

WNCN News

Preventing injuries related to 'distracted walking'

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Many states have laws about texting while driving in hopes for reducing texting-related accidents. But, people can also get injured texting while walking, as Dr. Kevin Campbell discusses Wednesday on WNCN Today.

This week, a study was published that examined injuries related to walking and texting.  In the August issue of the Journal of Accident Prevention and Analysis, an article states that cell phone-related injuries for pedestrians paralleled with driver injuries.

In fact, more than 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to be treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries for cell phone related injuries while walking. Injuries from so called "distracted walking" have more than doubled since 2005. In 2005, there were 256 such injuries, but that number skyrocketed to 1,500 in just five years.

The overall number of pedestrians having injuries that required an ER visit has dropped. In 2004 there were 97,000 pedestrians who went to the ER compared to just 41,000 in 2010.

According to the Journal of Accident Prevention and Analysis, cell phone-related injuries were higher in male pedestrians than female pedestrians.  Young people are the most likely to experience a "distracted walking" injury. People ages 21-25 had the most injuries with 1,003 during a seven study. That compares to just 985 injuries in people ages 16 to 20.

The types of injuries reported from "distracted walking" vary. One teen fell off a bridge while talking on his cell phone. Other people have been hit by cars. 

Experts say the best way to reduce these types of injuries is to start changing norms for cell phone use in our society. They suggest people put away their phones while crossing the street.

 

  • Health with Dr. CampbellMore>>

  • Dr. Campbell: New gene therapy may replace pacemaker implants

    Dr. Campbell: New gene therapy may replace pacemaker implants

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:11:17 GMT
    A new technology that allows genes to be injected into hearts with damaged electrical systems may replace the need for pacemaker implants in humans in the future.  A new technology that allows genes to be injected into hearts with damaged electrical systems may replace the need for pacemaker implants in humans in the future.
    A new technology that allows genes to be injected into hearts with damaged electrical systems may replace the need for pacemaker implants in humans in the future.
    A new technology that allows genes to be injected into hearts with damaged electrical systems may replace the need for pacemaker implants in humans in the future.
  • Dr. Campbell - New study suggests that we can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease

    Dr. Campbell - New study suggests that we can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:00:23 GMT
    Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that can be quite devastating to both patient and families. Today in the U.S., more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
    Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that can be quite devastating to both patient and families. Today in the U.S., more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Dr. Campbell: Can sitting at your desk cancel out the benefits of exercise?

    Dr. Campbell: Can sitting at your desk cancel out the benefits of exercise?

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:08:09 GMT
    There is now evidence that time spent at your desk may actually reverse the benefits that you have obtained from that quick pre-work trip to the gym or a run or walk during your lunch break.
    There is now evidence that time spent at your desk may actually reverse the benefits that you have obtained from that quick pre-work trip to the gym or a run or walk during your lunch break.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.