Walking and texting is one of those everyday activities that, when you really think about it, is actually really quite dangerous. No matter where you are, keeping your eyes glued to you phone instead of your surroundings can have serious consequences.
What are the main dangers of walking and texting?
- Accidents on the road
Walking and texting are dangerous at the best of times. Doing it as you cross the road is risky to the point of being irresponsible. Road safety is the responsibility of everyone on and near the road. If there is a collision between a car and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is always going to come off worse.
The way to avoid pedestrian accidents on the road is easy. Put your phone away whilst you are crossing the road. Don’t get it out again until it is safe to do so.
- Slips, trips and falls
Of course, sometimes you will have your phone out to help guide you to your next destination. This is a different matter to walking and texting, but still, requires a certain amount of care.
Being unaware of your surroundings puts you at significant risk of slip, trip and fall accidents. For example, you may:
- Trip over or bump into another pedestrian
- Stumble over a raised paving slab
- Trip over a small pothole
- Trip over a raised or dropped kerb
- Bump into a lamppost or sign
- Slip on a puddle or a patch of ice
As well as being embarrassing, the above accidents can also be extremely painful. Suffering a broken bone or dislocation for the sake of sending a text simply isn’t worth it.
Finally, you may not come to any physical harm whilst walking and texting, but you could suffer financially. It’s an unfortunate, yet inescapable fact that pick-pockets operate on busy streets.
If you are walking around with your expensive phone for all to see, you may find it suddenly whipped from your grasp. Before you know it, the thief has melted away into the crowd and you are down one phone.
Making a claim
Whilst walking and texting may be irresponsible, other accidents may not be your fault at all. In these cases, remember that you may be able to claim for personal injury compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Talk to our expert advisors today by dialling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice