Teens' Accident Risk

Friday, December 07, 2012

Children crossing the street these days have added distractions in the form of cell phones, iPods and other electronic accessories. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about the dangers uncovered in a recent study in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children today have more to worry about than just looking both ways before crossing the street.

A study shows teens are twice as likely as adults to be hit by a vehicle while crossing the street because of distractions by electronic devices such as cell phones or iPods.

Researchers found 18 percent of teens treated at an emergency room for pedestrian injuries were using an electronic device when they were hit by a car while crossing the street. Thats compared with only 9 percent of adults.

The study looked at what factors contributed to pedestrian car accidents among more than 1,000 people who were treated after being hit by cars in the years 2008 to 2011.

Most teenagers were also unsupervised. Among teens hit by cars, 32 percent were jaywalking, 18 percent were using an electronic device and 4 percent had used alcohol.

In contrast, 18 percent of adult pedestrian accidents were caused by jaywalking, and 15 percent involved alcohol use.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.