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Headphone-Wearing Pedestrians Causing More Traffic Accidents

An unnamed insurance company recently stated that one in ten minor accidents are caused by headphone-wearing pedestrians, the Daily Mail reports.

Since headphones and earbuds have become louder and increasingly capable of blocking out external noise (especially those new-fangled in-ear buds), the folks who don them on the streets are frequently unable to hear traffic noise. This can result in a listener stepping into a crosswalk, oblivious to the oncoming truck forced to slam on its brakes. Not surprisingly, collisions are on the rise.

Although we haven't heard any such reports yet, we're confident that sometime soon, some iPod-listening jaywalker is going to be taken to the bank. [From: Daily Mail]

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