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Distracted walking: Not as big of a problem as some expect

Many people believe that it's not only distracted driving that causes accidents, but also distracted walking. How true is that, really? As humans, people have evolved to be able to do multiple things while we walk. That means texting, talking on a phone or even playing a game.

Does doing this while walking mean you're going to be involved in an accident? It's unlikely. Consider the fact that if you walk through a crowd, you somehow manage to avoid so much as touching someone else, even if you're on the phone or playing a game. That's because people are designed to do multiple things while avoiding injury or impact at slow speeds, like walking.

The same isn't true when driving or cycling, though. When you're riding a bike or driving, there are only so many things you can see, and you have to see them much faster.

To better prove the point that distracted walking isn't the issue, consider this: The number of pedestrian collisions in which the pedestrian was identified as being inattentive have fallen since 2005; in fact, one report from the city showed that in 13 per cent of the cases, pedestrians were inattentive, but not in the other 87 per cent.

Another interesting fact is that people who walk while distracted tend to slow down and account for their distractions; that helps them minimize the risk of injury. Truthfully, pedestrian distractions are much less likely that a driver being distracted and causing an accident, which is something your lawyer can use in court, thanks to these studies.

Source: Global News, "Reality check: Distracted walking isn’t a big problem. (Distracted driving is.)," Patrick Cain, accessed Aug. 15, 2016

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