Headphones Cause Pedestrian Injuries to Triple Over a 6-Year Period
January 18, 2012 12:03 PM
comment(s) - last by
These accidents were due to both being distracted by their devices and blocking the sounds of the warning systems with their headphones
The fact that
while navigating a city on foot can be dangerous seems pretty obvious, but the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore collaborated on a study to show exactly how dangerous the activity can be.
Richard Lichenstein, M.D., lead author of the study and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of pediatric emergency medicine research at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said that injuries to pedestrians who are wearing headphones have tripled in six years.
"Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears," said Lichenstein. "Unfortunately, as we make more and more enticing devices, the risk of injury from distraction and blocking out other sounds increases."
Lichenstein and his team conducted the study by taking cases where headphones were involved in serious pedestrian injuries/fatalities from car or train crashes from 2004-2011 reports from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, Westlaw Campus Research databases and Google News Archives. Lichenstein's team reviewed a total of 116 cases during that time period.
According to the study's results, 68 percent of pedestrians injured or killed due to wearing headphones were male, and 67 percent were under the age of 30. About 55 percent of the vehicles involved in the headphone-related accidents were trains, and 29 percent of the vehicles involved used a horn or other type of audible warning system to let the pedestrians know they were there. In addition, nearly three-quarters of the headphone-related injuries were fatal.
Lichenstein said these accidents were due to both
being distracted by their devices
and blocking the sounds of the warning systems with their headphones, which Lichenstein called sensory deprivation.
This study was published in
University of Maryland
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
It's called -
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
1/18/2012 12:24:48 PM
It's called weeding out the stupid.
If you can't detect danger than you get what happens to you.
I'm sorry if that sounds harsh to some but it's true.
We've all heard the traffic reports of a ONE car roll over when the temps are high and there is no precepitation falling, yet this one car managed to get into a rollover accident. Can you say distracted drving?
And I'm guessing maybe sleeping while driving.
RE: It's called -
1/18/2012 1:06:50 PM
I've been wearing headphones since I was 10 or so (1980), and still to this day wear them as I ride my mountain bike. I ride up and down busy hills to get to parks or areas I like to go to, and the only time I've come near to being hit was when an idiot tried to run a red light to get on the freeway.
I was crossing the freeway entrance ramp, with my headphones on, but apparently I do what stupid people don't - I looked in the directions cars come from to enter the freeway. Slammed on the brakes, went over the handlebars, and nailed a 8/10 landing... only damage some scratching on handlebars.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
Beats Electronics Won't Renew Contract with Monster for Headphones
January 13, 2012, 9:36 AM
HTC Sensation XE Offers Beats Audio, 1.5GHz Processor
September 14, 2011, 3:08 PM
Toshiba Launches 11”, 2-in-1 Convertible PC for $329
October 21, 2014, 2:11 PM
Microsoft Begins Shifting Nokia Lumia Branding to "Microsoft Lumia"
October 21, 2014, 10:52 AM
Tim Cook Touts Apple’s Product Portfolio, Performance in Letter to Employees
October 21, 2014, 8:05 AM
Buoyed by Strong iPhone Sales, Apple Reports Revenue of $42.1B, $8.5B in Profit for Fiscal Q4
October 20, 2014, 5:21 PM
Windows 8.1 + Android "Sell Mini PC" w/ Bay Trail Creates New PC Form Factor
October 20, 2014, 5:07 PM
OnePlus to Open Pre-orders on October 27
October 20, 2014, 1:34 PM
Most Popular Articles
Update: Motorola Droid Turbo Coming Oct 28, 48-hour Battery Life Confirmed
October 19, 2014, 9:19 PM
Google Announces Android 5.0 “Lollipop”, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus 6 “Phablet”
October 15, 2014, 12:41 PM
Cool Science Video of the Day: Carnivorous Leech Eats Giant Jungle Worm
October 16, 2014, 6:44 PM
HBO, CBS Lead Charge to Ditch Cable
October 16, 2014, 4:40 PM
PS4 "Masamune" Update 2.0 Will Bring New Music and Customization Features
October 17, 2014, 1:05 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information