Keep Your Headphones in Your Pocket While Walking in Nashville

Whether you use them to listen to music, catch up on podcasts, or even call into business meetings, having wired or wireless headphones handy can make your walks more entertaining and productive. But they can also make your walks far more dangerous. Even if you walk safely by sticking to sidewalks and crosswalks, you’re still at greater risk because your headphones make it harder for you to hear your surroundings.

Here are a few examples of things you might miss out on if you walk with headphones in:

  • Vehicles leaving parking lots and alleys—Downtown Nashville has many hidden drives, alleys, and parking lots. If you’re walking with headphones in, you may not hear a vehicle’s engine as it approaches the road. That means you may walk directly in front of it as the driver attempts to pull out onto the road.
  • Emergency vehicles approaching your location—The sirens on police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks are designed to be very loud and attention-grabbing. But noise-canceling headphones or simply listening at a high volume can drown out sirens, putting you at risk if you walk in the path of an emergency vehicle.
  • An overall awareness of your surroundings—When you’re walking with headphones in, you aren’t just missing out on crucial audio cues from your surroundings. You’re also distracted by the song, podcast, or call. That means that your brain isn’t fully focused on what’s going on around you and what you need to do to stay safe while walking near traffic.

At Ponce Law, we take pedestrian safety seriously. When pedestrians are injured through no fault of their own, we work hard to get them maximum compensation. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers today for a free consultation.


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