The two groups most likely to be injured in pedestrian collisions include children and the elderly. When a child sustains injuries or is killed in a pedestrian crash, a lifetime of potential can be lost. Children could need costly medical care to deal with permanent injuries for the remainder of their life, causing significant strain on families. Even when children recover from pedestrian crash injuries, the medical expenditures can drain a families budget and the child can be left with permanent physical and emotional scarring.
Prevention of child pedestrian accidents is essential, and new research can help by shedding light on some of the behaviors that promote collisions. While children may engage in activities that make crashes more likely, however, drivers still maintain a responsibility to ensure they operate vehicles safely in a way that does not cause harm to kids. If a collision occurs, an attorney with experience in pedestrian auto accidents should be consulted by the family to get help pursuing a claim for compensation for losses.