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Safe Kids Survey: Teenage Pedestrians At Highest Risk

Steve Wagner

In an alarming new survey conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, at least 40% of teenagers shared that they had been hit, or nearly hit, by a vehicle while crossing traffic as a pedestrian.

In the majority of cases, teenagers said that the vehicles or bicycles that almost struck them were going too fast. Some teenagers admitted that the accident or near-miss was their own fault, and that they were not paying attention to the oncoming traffic, but many also claimed that the drivers were not paying adequate attention to the road and to pedestrian crossings.

A large contributing factor is that many teens are crossing the streets during dark or dimly lit hours. At least 75% of the accidents involving teenage pedestrians occur before 7am or after 7pm.

Part of the danger for teenagers comes out of the fact that many of them are extremely tied to their technology. Out of all the teens surveyed by Safe Kids Worldwide, 47% of them said they were listening to music while they were crossing the street. 18% said they were texting, and another 20% said they were talking on the phone while entering traffic. Distracted walking seems to be as dangerous as distracted driving in many cases. It is just as important to put down your cell phones and focus your eyes and ears on the road when walking as it is when driving!

In 2012 alone, 284 teenagers were killed in pedestrian accidents. While teenagers only account for 38% of the child population in the United States, they account for at least 58% of pedestrian accidents for children age 19 and under. There were over 10,000 teenagers injured in 2012 in pedestrian accidents involving a vehicle or bicycle. For more information on teenage pedestrian accidents, you can view the full infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide.

If your teenager has been injured while crossing the street, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you in securing compensation to facilitate their recovery. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information.

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