Car accidents don't only affect those in cars. In truth, pedestrian
accident can be even more terrifying since pedestrians lack the protection
afforded by a vehicle. Cars are built to protect occupants in case of
collision; bodies, in contrast, are not built to face 4,000 pounds of
steel. Our Panama City pedestrian accident attorney works to protect the
victims of pedestrian accidents and their families, including in the case
of teen pedestrian accidents. We fight for damages that help victims and
their families recover physical, mentally, and financially following these
Promising Life Cut Short: Teen Pedestrian Killed on Graduation Trip
A celebration turned tragic for a Louisiana teen, leaving his family planning
a funeral not long after marking his high school graduation. As WJHG reported,
the 17-year-old had traveled to Panama City Beach with his classmates
to celebrate their recent graduation. Police say that collision occurred
when the young man was returning to his room at the Boardwalk Beach Resort
around midnight on Thursday May 22. He was walking on the sidewalk along
Thomas Drive when a car jumped the curb, crashed into a light pole, and
then hit the teen. Paramedics took the recent honors grad to Bay Medical
Sacred Heart where he was pronounced dead. The teen's family said
he had plans to attend Louisiana State University on scholarship in the
fall. The 50-year-old female driver was charged with drug possession and
may face more charges as the investigation unfolds.
Pedestrian Crashes by the Numbers, General and Teen Pedestrian Accident
A recently-released Pedestrians Traffic Safety Facts page from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that 4,743 pedestrians died
and approximately 76,000 faced injury in the United States during 2012.
This works out to 1 pedestrian dying every 2 hours, and a pedestrian being
injured in a traffic crash every 7 minutes. The 2012 pedestrian fatality
figures showed a 6% increase from the prior year and marked the highest
number of deaths in the past 5 years.
Nearly 400 of the pedestrians killed in 2012 were between the ages of 10
and 20. Young pedestrians faced a particularly high risk of injury with
approximately 8,000 people aged 10-15 and an additional 8,000 aged 16-20
incurring pedestrian injuries in 2012. Looking at accident statistics
in another way, 22% of people aged 5 to 15 who died in traffic accidents
during 2012 were pedestrians, a significantly higher portion than in all
age groups (overall pedestrians accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities).
Safe Kids Worldwide provides another interesting view, noting that 51%
of the children under age 19 who died as pedestrians in 2011 were in the
15 to 19 year age range.
Representing Pedestrians and Victims of Negligent Drivers
Pedestrian safety is important of course, and we've discussed the growing
problem of pedestrian distraction. However, often it is a negligent driver
who is at fault in a pedestrian injury or fatality. People may be too
quick to blame the pedestrian when a young person is involved. We fight
for injured pedestrians of all ages, whether they had yet to celebrate
1 birthday or had celebrated 100. Call our experienced pedestrian attorney
in Northwest Florida for a no-cost consultation.