Now that school has started, and children in and around Poway are walking to bus stops and through neighborhoods, it is important for parents and caregivers to think about the risks of child pedestrian injuries and to take precautions. Children are often at particular risk of severe and deadly pedestrian accident injuries, but most of these accidents are avoidable. Our Poway personal injury lawyers can provide you with more information about child pedestrian injuries and how to file a claim in the event of an accident.
Getting the Facts About Child Pedestrian Injuries
Children are at a higher risk of incurring pedestrian accident injuries than people of other ages. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 20% of kids under the age of 15 who were killed in motor vehicle collisions were pedestrians at the time of the crash. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that more than 15,000 nonfatal child pedestrian injuries occur every year, and more than 350 children are killed in pedestrian collisions. The majority of the kids who are seriously or fatally injured in pedestrian accidents are between the ages of 12 and 19, and a majority of the accidents occur at non-intersections.