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Cell phone-related pedestrian injuries on the rise

According to an article in the in the August edition of the journal, Accident Analysis and Prevention, pedestrian injuries related to cell phone use are on the rise.  Using emergency room data from 100 hospitals around the country, researchers show that pedestrian cell phone-related injuries have more than doubled since 2005.  The increase paralleled the rise in cell-phone related injuries for drivers, and in 2010 exceeded those for drivers.

The age group most at risk for cell-phone related injuries while walking is adults under 30, researchers say, and chiefly those of college-age, i.e. persons between the ages of 16 and 25.