Pedestrian Accidents – With Headphones

Written by greg on May 21, 2012

And what is the latest potential hazard – pedestrians with headphones! A study finds that accidents involving pedestrians wearing the devices have tripled in recent years. According to a recent article in a prestigious newspaper – researchers combed several sources to find incidents in the U.S. that involved crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles between 2004 and 2011. Utilizing multiple search engines they found 116 cases of death or injury involving pedestrians wearing headphones. (Those cases in which people were using mobile phones were excluded).

Other statistics on this unique but growing type of accident include:

*Over the years the number of cases increased, from 16 in 2004 and 2005 to 47 in 2010 and 2011.

*The victims’ average age was 21 and most (68%) were male. The majority (67%) were under the age of 30. Most (55%) were hit by trains, and 70% of the crashes (the bulk of which were in urban areas) ended in death.

*In 74% of the cases police or eyewitness reports said the pedestrian had headphones on when hit and 29% of reports made mention or horns or sirens going off before the crash.

Experts’ findings are simply common sense. When a person is wearing headphones he or she cannot hear the environment around them – they are sensory deprived and distracted. These two factors combine make for a deadly combination – more and more for those pedestrians who are out enjoying the day listening to their favorite book or music – and not paying attention to the world around them.

Greg Baumgartner is a semi truck accident attorney and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with an 18 wheeler crash lawyer call the Baumgartner law firm at 281-587-1111.

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