Did you know that 4,092 lives were lost because of pedestrian or motor vehicle crashes in 2009? The National Center of Health Statistics also revealed that motor vehicle crashes are the major cause of deaths for children ages 3 to 14. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also revealed that 1,314 or 4 percent of the total 33,808 traffic fatalities were children under the age of 14 in 2009.
In Arizona, there were 807 fatalities in 2009, and 120 of those were pedestrians. Out of the 807 killed in Arizona 60 of those were children under the age of 15.
On Friday night, a pedestrian was hit by a car near 32nd Street and Yale (AZ Family 3/18/11). The victim, an 8-year old boy, was struck by a Lincoln town car and is currently in critical condition. According to the statements gathered by the police department, the boy was with his mother and brother when he suddenly darted into the busy street and was hit by the car.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Lincoln town car, who was travelling at a normal speed, remained on the scene. As of now no criminal charges have been filed.
Although pedestrian fatalities and injuries have declined over the years, it is vital that we continue to understand the importance of pedestrian safety. Minors who are at a higher risk of injury need to be taught the responsibility of roadway safety.
If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident or any other serious injury, as Phoenix accident lawyers we may be able to help you in getting the payment you deserve for the damages you have acquired. Please call us at 602-978-6400 for your free consultation.