California Pedestrian Accident Injury Statistics
Each year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured in pedestrian accidents throughout California. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Accident Statistics, there were 11,831 California pedestrians hit by a car in 2013. Of those, 733 died, and 1,490 were seriously injured – that’s over four serious injuries per day.
Keeping Your Children Safe
According to Safe Kids, pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths for children between the ages of 5 and 19. Parents need to teach their children safe pedestrian habits to help protect their children when they are walking to and from various locations. Drivers have a duty of care to avoid injuring pedestrians; however, drivers are not always paying attention to the road much less to children and other pedestrians.
To keep your children safe and avoid pedestrian accidents, teach your children to:
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street – if the driver is not looking at you, do not cross the road.
- Look all ways before crossing the street – look left, right, then left again. Keep looking in all directions as you cross the street.
- Do not wear headphones when walking, especially when crossing a street.
- Do not use electronics when walking and crossing a street.
- Cross the road at marked crosswalks when possible. If there are no crosswalks, cross at intersections with traffic signals.
- Use sidewalks or walking paths whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as safely possible.
Each child is different; however, most children under the age of 10 do not have the ability to judge speed and distance. Therefore, parents should accompany children under 10 when walking and crossing the road. Always set a good example when crossing the road and walking by avoiding the use of electronics, always looking before crossing the road, and paying attention to the traffic around you.
Review the information in the interactive graphic provided by Safe Kids with your children and use the Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum provided by the NHTSA to protect your children from pedestrian accidents.
Has Your Child Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents cause traumatic injuries that can alter your child’s life forever. If your child has been injured due to a negligent or distracted driver, your child deserves to be compensated for his or her injuries and other damages. You should not have to pay for future medical treatments because another person was careless.
Contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys of Torem & Associates for a free consultation. Our compassionate and caring attorneys will handle the legal aspects of your personal injury claim while you focus on what is most important — helping your child recover from his or her injuries.