Doctors Report More Injuries From People Trying To Text and Complete Tasks
CHICAGO (AP) - The American College of Emergency Physicians is warning of the danger of accidents involving people trying to walk and text at the same time.
And it's not just walking that can be dangerous. In an alert issued this week, the ER doctors cite rising reports from doctors around the country of injuries involving text-messaging pedestrians, bicyclists, rollerbladers, even motorists.
Most involve scrapes, cuts and sprains from texters who walked into lampposts or walls or tripped over curbs and in some cases there are reports of deaths.
One California Emergency Physician says "We think we're multitasking, but we're not."
Doctor Patrick Walsh says "You're focusing on one task for a split second, then focusing on another one, and with something moving 40 miles an hour like a car, it just takes a couple of seconds to be hit."
The ER group also says people should never text while driving, and should avoid talking on a cell phone or texting while doing other physical activities.