After Deadly Bus Accident, Cyclists Warned Against Wearing Giant Headphones

Playing The Dangers of Cycling While Wearing Large Headphones

With the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed while wearing headphones tripling in a six-year period, officials are warning of the deadly combination of listening devices and busy streets. 

Shocking surveillance video from June 2017 shows a bus mowing down 30-year-old investment banker Dan Hanegby, who was on a bicycle in New York City. He later died from his injuries. 

Now some are pointing out the fact that the cyclist was wearing large over-the-ear headphones and may not have heard the bus approaching.

Inside Edition spoke with bike safety expert Dr. Corey Basch about the dangers of riding a bike while listening to music. 

“It's incredibly dangerous," she said. "It is something we totally advise against."

Inside Edition’s Steven Fabian tested exactly how hazardous over-the-ear headphones can be to riders on the streets

With headphones on, he said “both ears hard to hear. Can't really hear anything.” 

“It's not a freak thing, in this day and age we're all on our devices so much our safety is compromised,” Dr. Basch added. "One second can make a difference." 

Best advice of all is to always be aware of your surroundings. In fact, it's illegal in many places to wear both ear buds while driving cars or riding bikes.

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