A freshman at Northwestern High School was hit while heading across the street to the Burger King.
According to the Herald Online, the student was dropped off at the school before class started. He decided to cross the street to the Burger Kind to grab some breakfast. The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.
Crosswalks and traffic lights surround the school, but that’s still not a sure bet against an accident. Many don’t obey these traffic control devices.
“Schools are always talking with students about safety,” said Elaine Baker, a spokesperson with the school. “Kids get injured on and off school property.”
Our North Carolina personal injury attorneys understand that pedestrians of all ages are at some serious risks for accidents regardless of how many traffic-control devices there are in the area. But this is especially important when talking about our younger pedestrians. Many times, these young ones don’t understand the workings of traffic and oftentimes unknowingly put themselves in danger. As traffic picks up with the holiday season and these young ones are let out on winter break, we’re asking parents to sit down and talk with their young ones about their risks for pedestrian accidents.
Each year, North Carolina sees about 2,200 people involved in traffic accidents. Roughly 200 people are killed and another 300 are seriously injured, too! It’s the older adults and the young child who are mainly involved in these accidents. Most of these accidents happen in urban areas. These accidents accounted for about 70 percent of all of the accidents reported in the state. Increasing urbanization of the State could possibly contribute to the increasing trend of these kinds of accidents. The truth of the matter is that cities are becoming more walkable and residents are taking advantage of that convenience, without considering the risks associated with it.
Over the last 4 years, there were close to 3,300 children under the age of 21 were involved in pedestrian accidents in the state of North Carolina. Help to reduce these numbers by talking with your young one today! Review the following safety tips from the Highway Safety Center at The University of North Carolina to get started!
Child Pedestrian Safety Tips:
-Make your moves as predictable as possible.
-Avoid walking along freeways and areas that are restricted.
-Always cross the road by using a crosswalk or at the corner.
-Wear bright clothes so motorists can see you more easily.
-Don’t walk when it’s dark out.
-Most drivers are nice people, but don’t count on them paying attention. Watch out – make eye contact to be sure they see you!
-Never rely on traffic signals.
-When there’s a sidewalk — walk on it!
-Where there are no sidewalks, walk as far from traffic as possible while facing oncoming vehicles.
If you or your young one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Distraction Puts Teens in Peril — Whether Walking or Driving, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 30, 2012
Pedestrian Killed in Accident on Same Block as Husband’s Accident 8 Years Ago, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 18, 2012