This is sort of a funny story...
I still read TheWashCycle every few days even though I don't live in DC anymore. A post yesterday points to an article which suggests "Distracted Walking Laws" are needed. I partly agree as many people walking around in DC are oblivious to the world while talking on or looking at their phones...One day, I was one of them.
A couple years ago, Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart held the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on The Mall in DC. It was the day before the Marine Corps Marathon so the g/f was in town. Two of her friends were driving up for the rally and we decided to go with them. As we were walking back from the mall we found that the closest metro station was closed because it was too crowded. I knew the vicinity of another close station that less people would attempt to go to but, I wasn't sure exactly how to get there since I never used that station. That part of the city also has a lot of dead ends due to 395 and all the fly over ramps. Anyway, we were walking fast and I was looking at my phone trying to figure out which way to go when BAM! I walked right into a pole. It hurt. I was a little stunned but not seriously injured. I was actually amazed at how I felt as you wouldn't think that walking into anything would really hurt.
So, not all distracted walking accidents involve another party...sometimes they just involve inanimate objects.