On Tuesday afternoon, a child pedestrian was struck by a car in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at about 4:00 p.m. on Monaco Street. For currently unknown reasons, the child was hit by a car. Very few details have been released, but the child was taken to a hospital in somebody's personal automobile. The child's injuries were initially described as minor, but there's no word on his or her current condition or the extent of injuries involved in the collision.
Children as Pedestrians
When a pedestrian accident involving a child happens, chances are that it was during morning or afternoon commuting hours. Children as pedestrians are all over Jackson between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These are prime hours for children to be walking on and around roadways in Mississippi. Even with safety guards at crosswalks, motorists need to lookout for children and be aware that they're on and near the streets. Expect the unexpected, drive defensively and watch out for pedestrians, big and small.
The Facts on Child Pedestrian Safety
• In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in car crashes.
• An estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012.
• Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths for kids in the U.S. between the ages of 5 and 19.
• Teens are at risk too.
• Teenagers are twice as likely to die as a result of a pedestrian related accident as younger children.
Keeping Kids Safe in Jackson
With Halloween around the corner, drivers in Jackson and across Mississippi need to be on the lookout for child pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers parents and teachers a variety of resources to help keep young pedestrians safe, but it's ultimately up to drivers to lookout for pedestrians, young and old. If your child has been hit by a car, contact the experienced personal injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a free case consultation today. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC wishes a speedy and full recovery for the injured child.