WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new nationwide study tracking accidents related to cell phones found that more people actually get hurt walking and texting than driving and texting.
Researchers at Ohio State University found that in 2010, more than 1,500 people ended up in emergency rooms with injuries related to using a cell phone while walking.
That number has gone up every year until 2012, when it actually exceeded the injury rate for people who drive while talking or texting on their phones, according to the study.
Researchers found that young people aged 16 to 25 were most likely to be injured as distracted pedestrians, but more were hurt while talking rather than texting.
The Ohio State study appears in the August 2013 issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, co-authored by professor Jack Nasar and Derek Troyer, a former graduate student at Ohio State.
The researchers used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a database maintained by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), which samples injury reports from 100 hospitals around the country. These reports are used to estimate total injury occurrences at emergency rooms across the country.