Watch out for those watching their phones.
The rise in cellphone use by pedestrians is causing more than just a few embarrassing moments for people too engaged in their electronics to avoid hitting a parked car or lamppost.
The Agence France-Presse news agency reports the addiction to the phones is responsible for more and more serious accidents, including some deaths — especially at some of the most populated intersections in major cities.
The Tokyo Fire Department reported between 2009 to 2013, 122 people were rushed to hospital after an accident caused by pedestrians using cellphones, the AFP reported. Officials said it could become a bigger part of the injuries that occur among pedestrians.
In places such as the Shibuya train station in Tokyo — famous for being one of the most crowded intersections in the world — officials told the agency they expect more injuries to continue as the nation is becoming more addicted to their gadgets.
Japanese mobile company NTT Docomo estimates a pedestrian’s average field of vision while staring down at a smartphone is just 5% of what our eyes take in normally… see more