On the whole, pedestrian accidents happen a lot less often than other accidents. For instance, 2017 saw a total of 5,977 pedestrian deaths. While nearly 6,000 deaths is a lot, around 35,000 to 40,000 people lose their lives annually in traffic accidents in the United States. Pedestrians factor into that, but more die in other ways. If you divide it out, about one out of every 6.67 traffic deaths involves a pedestrian.
However, for young children, pedestrian accidents that result in death are common. Roughly 20% of children under 15 years of age who are involved in pedestrian accidents die from their injuries.
Why do young people have a higher fatality rate in pedestrian accidents? There are a few potential reasons, starting with the fact that they’re just more likely to be pedestrians in the first place. They cannot drive, so the only way to get around without getting a ride is to walk, run or perhaps ride a bike.
Some of it also comes down to inexperience and impulsive decisions, especially among young children. Parents spend a lot of time teaching children not to play near the road, but you still hear stories about them running into the road without looking either direction or chasing a ball that rolled into the street. Busy streets are a risk for children in a way that they are not for adults.
If your child gets involved in one of these accidents and suffers serious injuries or passes away, you need to know what rights you have. You may be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills and other costs.