Childhood Pedestrian Accidents in Pennsylvania
In November 2015, two adults and two children were injured in a pedestrian accident in Parkside. Earlier in November, a mother and child were severely injured when they were struck by a vehicle in Baltimore. Unfortunately, these are just two of the Pennsylvania pedestrian accidents involving children during 2015. Each year, hundreds of children are killed or injured in pedestrian accidents throughout Pennsylvania.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's 2014 Crash Facts and Statistics, 17 children under the age of 20 died in pedestrian accidents during 2014. This represented approximately 17% of the total pedestrian fatalities (177) for that year. During the same year, 1,185 children under the age of 20 were injured in pedestrian accidents representing 30% of the total injuries (3,985) for that year.
Keeping Your Children Safe
According to Safe Kids, pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths for children between the ages of 5 and 19. Parents need to teach their children safe pedestrian habits to help protect their children when they are walking to and from various locations. Drivers have a duty of care to avoid injuring pedestrians; however, drivers are not always paying attention to the road much less to children and other pedestrians.
To keep your children safe and avoid pedestrian accidents, teach your children to:
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street - if the driver is not looking at you, do not cross the road.
- Look all ways before crossing the street - look left, right, then left again. Keep looking in all directions as you cross the street.
- Do not wear headphones when walking, especially when crossing a street.
- Do not use electronics when walking and crossing a street.
- Cross the road at marked crosswalks when possible. If there are no crosswalks, cross at intersections with traffic signals.
- Use sidewalks or walking paths whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as safely possible.
Each child is different; however, most children under the age of 10 do not have the ability to judge speed and distance. Therefore, parents should accompany children under 10 when walking and crossing the road. Always set a good example when crossing the road and walking by avoiding the use of electronics, always looking before crossing the road, and paying attention to the traffic around you.
Review the information in the interactive graphic provided by Safe Kids with your children and use the Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum provided by the NHTSA to protect your children from pedestrian accidents.
Has Your Child Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents cause traumatic injuries that can alter your child's life forever. If you child has been injured due to a negligent or distracted driver, your child deserves to be compensated for his or her injuries and other damages.
Contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys of Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP for a free consultation. Our compassionate and caring attorneys will handle the legal aspects of your personal injury claim while you focus on what is most important - helping your child recover from his or her injuries.