The next time you are out taking a stroll around the neighborhood or walking across a busy intersection, make sure you are fully aware of your surroundings. Distractions like listening to an iPod or texting on a cell phone could put you at greater risk for being involved in an accident with a vehicle. According to recent reports, Kansas and Missouri have both had an increase in pedestrian related accidents and deaths. In a lot of these cases, distracted pedestrians were a large factor in these problems. Refer to the Power Law Group page about injuries to get tips on how to avoid being in a pedestrian related accident. But a useful piece of advice for now is, simply don’t text or check emails on your cell phone will walking.