There is much attention paid to vulnerable pedestrians like children or seniors, who may be at a much higher risk of an accident while walking. However, teenagers may also face unique risks, and many of those risks have to do with distractions while working.
According to a survey by Safe Kids, many teenagers admit that they walk irresponsibly. Some admitted to using headphones while crossing the street. Using headphones to listen to music or other activities while walking is dangerous, because it prevents you from noticing accident cues around you, or the movement of traffic around you.
It's important for a pedestrian to be in complete awareness of his environment at all times, and headphones constitute an unnecessary distraction. The same goes for cell phones and personal music systems as well. Teenage pedestrians need to stop using these systems while they are walking, and parents must encourage their teenagers walk safely and responsibly.
In the survey of 1000 teenagers, the researchers found that 40% of teenagers had either been in an accident involving a car, or had almost been struck by a car while they were walking. One major accident factor contributing to teen pedestrian accidents seems to be walking at night. As many as 75% of the teen fatalities occurred during the hours between 7 PM and 7 AM, indicating that teens should not be out walking during these times. Teenagers tend to be distracted, and may not take accident risks very seriously, which makes for a terrible combination when they are out walking at night.
Walking at night requires extra caution. If teenagers must walk at night, they must wear bright and colorful clothing to make them visible to traffic. Stick reflective tape on your bags or clothes. Avoid walking in heavy rain.