Car accidents in the United States remain a leading cause of death for children. However, the rates of crash fatalities involving children on bicycles or on foot continue to decline each year, according to researchers at the New York University’s Langone School of Medicine in New York City. Based on 2000 to 2014 data from 26 states including New York, researchers found that crashes decreased by 40 percent for child pedestrians and by 53 percent for child bicyclists.
The decline varied from state to state, according to the report published in the journal Injury Prevention. However, researchers noted that a drop was seen in every state. They attribute some of this decline to federal and local programs such as Safe Routes to School. They say pedestrian deaths and injuries can be prevented in a number of ways including through “policy, build environment interventions, enforcement of traffic safety laws and education.”
Crash Rates Still High in Large Metros
Crash fatality rates have gone down in the last three decades. But, pedestrian accident deaths have increased over the last five years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For this study, researchers analyzed NHTSA’s database and found that school-age children accounted for about a third of pedestrians and half of the bicyclists involved in crashes during the study period. Nearly 485,000 injuries were reported of which 6,000 were fatal.
On average, they found 43 child pedestrian crashes per 100,000 people annually, ranging from a low of 25 per 100,000 in Arkansas to a high of 100 in New York. This geographic difference is likely due to factors such as population and traffic density, speed of traffic, socioeconomic factors and street design, the study’s authors said. States such as New York that have the most crashes per capita tended to have large metro areas, more pedestrian traffic and more frequent use of public transportation.
While it’s good news that the rate of child pedestrian crashes are declining nationwide, researchers concluded that some areas of the United States such as New York City continue to have high accident rates and that too many children are still getting hit by cars and trucks. Improving sidewalks and street crossings and reducing speeds in school zones are some of the steps that may help curb these types of pedestrian accidents involving children.
Injuries and Compensation
Children involved in collisions with cars, trucks or SUVs etc., tend to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. This is because pedestrians have no protection when hit by a vehicle. Victims face major, life-threatening injuries such as brain trauma, spinal cord damage, internal injuries, etc. Pedestrian accident injuries often lead to victims requiring extensive treatment and rehabilitation.
Victims who have been injured in New York City pedestrian accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families of deceased pedestrian accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.
Please remember that you can file a personal injury lawsuit even if you were not walking in a crosswalk at the time of the collision. Our law firm has secured substantial compensation for pedestrians who were not walking in a crosswalk when their injury crash occurred. We have recovered millions of dollars for pedestrians who were not in crosswalks.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 48 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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