The statistics involving the number of times a car accident involving a juvenile pedestrian or bicycle rider has happened has recently grown so significantly that North Carolina authorities are deeply concerned. Because pedestrians are so vulnerable to injury when they are hit by vehicles, it can lead to long-term damage, significant medical costs, the need for extensive care, and even death. Add in the number of drivers who are functioning as distracted drivers by texting and driving or through some other activity, and it is no wonder the roads have become dangerous for youngsters.
A study has indicated that the incidence of young people on foot being injured by cars has been rising across the U.S. It has shown that at least five teens are killed every week while they walk. In addition, the report indicates that there has been a 13 percent rise in pedestrian fatalities for those between the ages of 12 and 19 since 2013. This coincides with the increase in people driving while distracted. For people between the ages of 15 and 19, the statistics are even more striking. Only 26 percent of youths between the ages of 0 and 19 are in that group, but they still comprise approximately half of the fatal pedestrian accidents.
Some of the dangers are attributed to their own behaviors, such as walking while distracted, but vehicles that speed are a major risk, along with the aforementioned propensity for drivers to use their smartphones or other devices while behind the wheel. Whereas the dangers of the past were simply limited to recklessness, inexperience and speeding, nowadays the number of ways to try and multitask put everyone, particularly young people, in danger of injury as a pedestrian in a car accident.
When there is an accident involving a vehicle and a young person, the family of the child who was injured or killed must bear in mind the litany of factors that will come up in the aftermath. Seeking compensation through a legal filing is often the only way to pay for the treatment and care an injured person needs. If there is a death, it is even more important to consider discussing the matter with auto accident compensation attorneys to plan a possible case.
Source: twcnews.com, "New Study Shows Pedestrian Deaths Among Kids On the Rise," Caroline Vandergriff, Oct. 28. 2016