Looking over case reports of pedestrian injuries or fatalities involving moving vehicles between 2004 and 2011, the doctor and his team found 116 where the victim was using headphones. Seventy percent of these accidents were fatal. More than two-thirds of the victims were male (68 percent) and under the age of 30 (67 percent). Over half of the vehicles involved in the accidents were trains (55 percent), and nearly a third (29 percent) reported sounding a horn prior to the crash.
While this isn’t a large number of cases, they may only be the tip of the iceberg. These were reported cases where the pedestrian was known to be wearing headphones at the time of the accident. Many more may go unreported. Train crashes do have a way of obliterating the evidence.
The study is published in Injury Prevention.
Note: My headline comes straight from Wagner’s post.