According to Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo, texting and walking is responsible for more injuries per mile than driving and texting.
"Pedestrian injuries are particularly dangerous because there's no protective area surrounding you when you're hit by a car. We always view pedestrian injuries as kind of high risk injuries," Jehle told WTOP.
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The numbers are pretty staggering. Over the course of a year, some 41,000 pedestrians visit the emergency room for one kind of injury or another. Out of those, up to 15 percent, or more than 6,100, are the result of someone using a mobile phone while walking.
Jehle has seen all kinds of injuries resulting from texting and walking. Pelvic fractures, head injuries as pedestrians are tossed up onto a car and into the windshield, falling down stairs, walking into walls... the list goes on. Play it safe folks -- if you need to fire off a text, stay in place.