EDs treating more patients injured when walking while distracted

ABC World News reported that emergency departments (EDs) “are seeing four times the number of parents injured while walking while distracted.”

NBC Nightly News reported that “safety experts say that is likely a low ball estimate because not everybody reports or admits to using an electronic device, even after they’re involved in an incident.”

The AP reports that approximately “1,152 people were treated in hospital” EDs “in the US last year for injuries suffered while walking and using a cellphone or some other electronic device, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which receives annual data from 100” EDs “and extrapolates the information into a national estimate.”

Meanwhile, “there has been a spike in pedestrians killed and injured in traffic accidents, but there is no reliable data on how many were distracted by electronics.”

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