Gadget Danger?


Story Updated: Oct 22, 2012

A new study, just presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, suggests electronic devices may play a key role in kids being hit by cars!

Researchers collected data on pedestrians who were struck by motor vehicles and treated at a Level 1 trauma center in New York City from 2008 to 2011.

Of the 1,075 patients, 13 percent were under age 18.

The majority of children ages 6 and younger were injured when darting into the street.

For kids ages 7 to 12, unsupervised activity accounted for 53 percent of the accidents-.followed by crossing mid-block.

Unsupervised activity was also the top cause among teens 13-17, but a new stat entered the dangerous picture. 18 percent of teens struck by motor vehicles were distracted by an electronic device.

The take home? Experts recommend parents educate their children on safe crossing behaviors, and aim to minimize common distractions, like that cell phone or digital music player.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news doctors are reading Ð health news that matters to you.

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