Distracted Walking: A Serious Issue for All

Thanks to a significant amount of research and  promotion, the AAOS has increased Americans' awareness that distracted driving  is causing crashes, injuries, and even deaths. It's an important public safety  issue that the AAOS has championed for more than 5 years. In 2015, the Academy  expanded its injury prevention efforts to include distracted  walking—pedestrians focused on their cell phones, bopping to the music in their  ear buds, or otherwise not paying attention to their surroundings. As a result,  they may fall down stairs, trip over curbs or other streetscapes, and, in some  instances, step into traffic—sustaining cuts, bruises, sprains, and fractures.

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