Summer is now over, much to the dismay of children everywhere. As kids in Atlantic City start school again, many will walk to their schools or bus stops. Walking is great exercise for children, especially since so many spend a lot of time indoors these days. However, walking to and from school can pose a danger to your children, especially in busy urban areas. At Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law, we have seen the tragic effects a pedestrian accident has on a family. We are committed to helping families find justice if a loved one was harmed or killed by a negligent driver.
The statistics surrounding pedestrian accidents are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 455 people are seen in emergency rooms across the country for pedestrian accident-related injuries. Approximately every two hours, one person dies as a result of a pedestrian crash. In 2012, more than 76,000 people were injured and 4,743 were killed in pedestrian accidents.
Children are especially vulnerable to catastrophic injuries from pedestrian accidents. About one out of every four traffic fatalities involving children under the age of 14 are from pedestrian crashes. During the school year, your children may face additional dangers due to increased traffic before and after school, reduced visibility as the days get shorter and distracted or fatigued drivers. It is common for some drivers to pass school buses stopped to let students on or off. Other drivers may fail to stop for a crossing guard or be caught off guard by a child darting across the street.
Like every parent, your hope for your children is for them to make it through the school year safely and happily. You may be eligible for compensation if your child is injured from being hit by a car. Please click here to visit our page and learn more about various types of auto accidents.