According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five kids ages five to 15 who were killed in traffic collisions were pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents resulted in 4,743 pedestrian fatalities and another 76,000 injuries in 2012. Every two hours, a pedestrian was killed in a crash while a pedestrian suffered injury once every seven minutes. Unfortunately, an accident lawyer in Orlando knows that pedestrians are 1.5 times as likely to be killed on each trip than an occupant of a passenger vehicle.
One recent devastating collision in Orlando demonstrates the risks that pedestrians, and especially young people, face when they are walking. The specific cause of the accident remains unclear as there is a disagreement about whether the pedestrians had the right-of-way in this incident or not. In all cases, however, drivers need to be watchful for pedestrians on the roads and need to ensure that they are paying attention and stop when possible if a pedestrian goes into their lane. This is especially important as Halloween approaches as there will be more young children on the road on Halloween than on other days of the year.
Orlando Pedestrian Accidents Endanger Children
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a pedestrian accident has left an eight-year-old girl in a coma and fighting for her life. The incident occurred when the girl was walking with her father and her dog. Her father indicates that the young girl pushed the sign for the crosswalk and that they began walking across the road once the walk signal appeared. The girl had crossed two westbound traffic lanes before she was hit by a pickup truck that was traveling east. She was out ahead of her father and the dog, neither of whom were hit by a vehicle. Witnesses indicate that the truck had the right of way and that other drivers had been forced to slow down to allow the girl and her family to pass. However, an investigation into the accident is still ongoing in order to determine who actually had the right-of-way at the time of the incident.
It is very important when children cross the road that they be taught to both wait for the crosswalk signal to give them the go ahead and that they look both ways. Although pedestrian walk signals are intended to make it safe for motorists who are on-foot to cross the road, sometimes cars don't always stop on time and there could be situations when a signal malfunctions or does not change. Looking both ways before crossing could help to prevent accidents that might occur if there is a problem with the crosswalk signal. It is also a good idea to try to restrict the amount of time that kids spend walking on busier streets.
Ultimately, however, it is not just the job of a child and parent to practice good safety techniques. Drivers need to be watchful of children, especially with Halloween, with school in session and in school zones. Drivers need to stop if they see a pedestrian in their path and if motorists are not paying attention or following the rules of the road and an accident occurs, the drivers can be held at least partly responsible for an accident caused in part by their negligence.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Orlando personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit http://www.richardtroutman.com. Serving Orlando, Winter Park, FL and surrounding areas.