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 unfair fights.
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.
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.
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.