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Child Pedestrian Accident Statistics


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Pedestrian accidents involving a child are particularly tragic, especially if fatalities are involved. Pedestrian accident statistics are both eye opening and alarming. Approximately 80% of all fatalities involving children tend to happen at non-intersections. Furthermore, adolescents suffer a death rate which is double the average for younger children. In fact, teens accounted for 50% of all fatalities involving minor pedestrians in recent years.

One possible explanation for these statistics is the fact that children cannot accurately judge the distance and speed of a moving vehicle until they’re about ten years old. Another relevant piece of information, according to Reuters, is that child pedestrian fatalities are almost two times more likely to occur near a park as they are near a school zone.
Below, our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will discuss recent child pedestrian accident statistics. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, the experienced team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to help. We will recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.

Child Pedestrian Accident Statistics


It is perfectly normal for a child to want to explore and grow beyond the confines of school and home. However, the world can be a dangerous place for children who are exploring and testing boundaries for the first time, especially on roadways.

According to recent data, children who suffered a pedestrian accident between the ages of 4-12 accounted for 17,342 serious injuries and 219 deaths. Pedestrian accident related deaths are the third leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5-14.

It has been estimated that $300 million dollars are spent every year in medical costs for inpatient medical care to treat injured children. While data indicates that all young children are at an especially high risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident, male boys are most vulnerable, accounting for 64% of all fatalities. The next most common groups of children affected by pedestrian fatalities are Caucasians and African Americans.

Adolescent children are at heightened risk , especially when walking after dark, while intoxicated, or simply while distracted by their cell phones. Dart out situations, such as when a child suddenly jumps into a street while chasing after a toy or pet are very common, as well. And sometimes, as mentioned, children do not fully understand the risk of an oncoming vehicle and will simply enter a street believing it is safe to do so.

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award is known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers To Find Out How We Can Help
If you have been hurt in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a pedestrian accident, an attorney at our firm can help you gather maximum coverage for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

West Coast Trial Lawyers can be reached at (213) 927-3700 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our accomplished and compassionate injury firm.

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