Distracted Walking

January 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Distracted drivers are well known to cause accidents when using their cell phones, but new research shows that distracted walkers are also a problem.More than 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because they tripped, fell, or ran into something while using a cell phone.

That was twice as many as in 2007, which was already twice as many as in 2006.

Researchers say that's probably just the tip of the iceberg because most of the injuries people suffer probably aren't severe enough to send them to the hospital.