Researchers from New York City’s Jacobi Medical Center recently released a study that shows the time of day and months of the year that child pedestrians are most likely to be struck by a car. By taking a peek at the medical records of 100 school aged children who were hit by a car in 2012, the researchers were able to pinpoint the two most likely times of the day for a child to be hit: 1. the evening 2. shortly after leaving school.
The study also determined that children were more likely to be hit by a car in the spring months. The most common injuries suffered in these accidents were thigh bruises and ankle and shin fractures.
How to Prevent Children from Being Hit By Cars
Most accidents that involve children being hit by a vehicle are 100% preventable. Motorists on the road must practice safe driving and children must exercise safe walking habits in order to avoid pedestrian crashes.
Driver Distractions the Most Common Cause
The most common cause of a child pedestrian vs. car accident is a distraction of some kind. This applies to the driver of the car as well as the child. Distracted driving is unfortunately a widespread problem throughout the United States. Drivers texting, entering an address into GPS, applying makeup, eating or even just changing the radio station can result in a tragic accident because partaking in these activities causes their attention to be off of the road.
Child pedestrians can be guilty of distractions, too. Many children these days have smart phones that allow them to play games, search the Internet, take pictures and watch videos. Children must know to put the phone down while they are walking to avoid an unnecessary accident.
Liability for Pedestrian Auto Accidents
Determining liability for an accident when a pedestrian is hit by a car is based on the individual facts associated with the accident. If your child was struck by a vehicle, it is in your best interests to consult with a Tampa Bay Pedestrian Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. If we can identify that the driver of the vehicle was responsible for causing the accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills and other damages. Contact us today online or call 813-221-3200 for a free consultation.