Part of the allure of iPods and MP3 players is the momentary insulation from the world at large. But zoning out can have serious consequences to pedestrians with iPods, termed “podestrians” and drivers alike.

U.K.-based Swinton Insurance reports that people who listen to these portable electronic devices while walking are perhaps a little too happily distracted and may be oblivious to approaching traffic because of a high volume level or because of noise-canceling headphones. In fact, there is an increasing incidence of motorists pegging podestrians as scapegoats for crashes. In many accounts of minor accidents on insurance claim forms, Swinton has seen a significant increase in drivers citing such individuals as having been a factor.

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