Sadly, a 14-year-old was recently killed trying to cross FM 1942 in Crosby, Texas. This teenage pedestrian accident comes just days after a 13-year-old girl was run over by a car in Harris County. Most people will be a pedestrian at some point in their lives, which means the safety of those walking on or near our roads should be of paramount concern for everyone.
Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. Teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 29 years old are more likely to be treated for pedestrian injuries in emergency rooms when compared to any other age group.
Why Teenage Pedestrians Get Hit
Pedestrian injuries in teenagers and children are unfortunately on the rise. Teenagers are more likely to be struck in auto pedestrian accidents due to a variety of factors, including distractions, failing to obey traffic rules, and walking at night. Half of teens admit to crossing the street while distracted by a mobile device. In addition to being distracted while walking, pedestrian teens were hit or nearly hit were either crossing in the middle of a block or running across the street. Fatality data shows 75 percent of teenage auto pedestrian deaths occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. when it’s dark outside.
With pedestrian crash risks for 16-19 year olds steadily increasing over the past five years, children between the ages of 14 and 19 now account for half of all child pedestrian injuries.
What A Teenage Pedestrian Can Do To Stay Safe
- Wear bright colors and/or reflective clothing.
- Plan your route in advance to avoid dangerous areas.
- Walk on sidewalks, and if they’re not there, walk far to the left, facing traffic.
- Cross in marked crosswalks, at corners, or at intersections.
- Expect others not to see you. Don’t step into the street until the driver has stopped and/or acknowledged you.
- Walk focused and alert. No texting, listening to music, or anything that takes your eyes, ears, or your mind off the road and traffic.
Pedestrian Injury Lawyers
Teenage pedestrian accidents can cause victims to suffer catastrophic injuries or death since there is no protection between them and the vehicle. A pedestrian is no match for a motor vehicle, especially when that pedestrian is only a child. Too many children are injured or killed by negligent drivers. Contact us today so we can help.