While many of us have enjoyed a stroll while listening to our favorite podcast or playlist, this doesn’t mean it was safe. Pedestrians are not offered the same levels of physical protection as cars and other vehicles, thus they need to be fully aware of their surroundings when any interaction with vehicles is a possibility.
Wearing headphones while walking might make the journey feel quicker, but is it worth the risk that the journey ends in a severe injury?
You need to be able to hear
Even with all the senses available, people still cannot fully see or hear everything around them. While most noises and sights are harmless, a number of them can be potential dangers. With your senses working optimally, you have a chance of spotting hazards early, meaning that you can get out of the way on time. With headphones in, you are giving yourself next to no chance.
A cognitive distraction
Not only is the drowning out of noise dangerous, but the distraction caused by the material being listened to can also place people in vulnerable positions. Perhaps a philosophical point has been raised on a radio show being listened to, leading the pedestrian’s mind to wander. Or, maybe their favorite song has come on, resulting in their focus being solely on enjoying it. In any case, cognitive distractions are a serious issue that causes numerous walkers to be injured every year.
As a pedestrian, you are particularly vulnerable to accidents involving cars and other vehicles. If you have been struck or caught up in a collision, there may be a way to seek legal compensation for your injuries.