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Children disproportionately involved in fatal pedestrian crashes

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 01, 2014 in Pedestrian Accidents

Although there are many different modes of transportation, everybody will act as a pedestrian at one point or another. This shared experience, at times, can be very unsettling. When crossing a particularly busy intersection, pedestrians rely on motorists following traffic laws and exercising caution. The reality, unfortunately, is that drivers sometimes fail in this regard.

Based on data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,400 pedestrians were killed in 2011. This averages out to a pedestrian death every two hours. On a more concerning level, accident statistics indicate that a pedestrian is injured, on average, every eight minutes.

The same accident data reveals a shocking statistic: Nearly 20 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were in a fatal accident were pedestrians. Motorists should be extra cautious in areas where children might be crossing the street.

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Small children may not be as visible as adults crossing the street or be familiar with the rules of the road, which could contribute to pedestrian accidents. Regardless, motorists should still do whatever is necessary to pay attention and drive with care.

Moving forward, the hope is that pedestrian safety becomes a true priority Data from the NHTSA shows a 3 percent jump in pedestrian deaths between 2010 and 2011.

Just because pedestrians aren't in a motor vehicle doesn't mean they are any less entitled to be on the road at designated crosswalks. Creating safe roads requires everyone to be mindful of others and local laws. Above all, motorists should accept the responsibility associated with being at the helm of a vehicle.