Texting while driving is a known deadly cause of car accidents wherever you are from. It is to be avoided at all times no matter how slow you are driving. But it is not the only thing you should be concerned about. You should also remember to not text while walking. You could be making yourself at risk of a serious auto accident.
A study conducted by the University of Buffalo found that your risk of personal injury is higher if you are texting while walking than texting while driving.
Texting While Walking Causes More Injuries
A study from the University of Buffalo concluded that texting while walking generally results in more injuries than texting while driving. However, the study also considered non-auto accident-related events such as falls, collisions with walls or other standing objects, and other injuries.
When you are distracted by your phone, you are more likely to inadvertently walk into traffic or collide with a vehicle. Always bear in mind to check either side of the road if you are walking and rarely use your phone while walking.
What Should You Do?
So, what can you do about it? Firstly, always remember to not be tempted to check your phone while you are walking on a sidewalk or a highway especially if you plan to cross the road. It seems harmless, but looking at your phone instead of what is around you leaves you vulnerable to all kinds of personal injury.
Not only are your eyes focused on your phone, but your mind is also focused on thinking of a clever reply instead of making sure you are safe. Texting while walking sounds okay and is nothing to worry about, but you are putting yourself in danger every time you pull out your phone.
While texting and driving may be against the law, texting and walking are not and it is a temptation that is difficult to fight.
Moreover, when you are in the point of view of someone who is driving, be aware of a pedestrian has their eyes glued to their phone and save yourself from an accident. Whether you’re on the road or the sidewalk, it’s easy to forget that texting isn’t as harmless as it seems; so, keep your eyes on the road, no matter where you are.