Pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14. These accidents claim the lives of about 600 children annually, according to a recent report.
Children are particularly at-risk because they are exposed to traffic threats that exceed their cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical and sensory abilities.
Here are some of the top reasons why children under the age of 10 are at-risk pedestrians:
- They often “dart out” into traffic, perhaps chasing after a toy or a pet.
- They may believe that if they can see the driver, the driver can see them.
- They may believe a green light means it is always safe to cross.
- They may believe drivers will always stop if they are at a crosswalk.
- They may believe cars can stop quickly.
- They often cannot accurately tell which direction sounds is coming from.
- Their peripheral vision is significantly less than that of an adult.
- They may not be able to tell how fast a car is traveling or how far away it is.
Our Ohio child accident attorneys are prepared to take on your case if your child has been injured in an accident. Call us 24 hours a day for a free consultation.