Wearing headphones increases likelihood of pedestrian accidents

January 18th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Music is a major part of many people’s lives. As the technological landscape has advanced to allow for personalized music devices, more and more people are taking advantage of having their music on-the-go. Portable devices give employees and pedestrians all over the world the ability to have their own soundtrack while they work away or get away from work.

So Florida residents will be interested in a new study from the University of Maryland that shows a dangerous side-effect to popping on the headphones while walking on the streets. According to the results of the study, serious injuries suffered by pedestrians who wear headphones and collide with a vehicle have more than tripled in six years.

The study was done by an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, and he seemed surprised by the results. “Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears,” he said.

Covering 116 accidents between 2004 and 2011, the headphone-wearing victim died 70% of the time and about two-thirds of the cases involved young men under the age of 30. Over 50% of the vehicles involved in these accidents were trains. Just such a situation prompted the study in the first place, as a pedestrian was killed by a train when he didn’t hear the train honking.

These statistics highlight the potential dangers of wearing headphones while walking down the street, and the serious injury risks that come with making such a decision.

Inattentiveness can be lethal when powerful and fast-moving vehicles are around you, and those injured in such an incident should seek an experienced lawyer to review their claims.

Source: USA Today, “Study: More headphone-wearing walkers hit by cars,” Chris Woodyard, Jan. 17, 2012