Cleveland accident brings forth concern for pedestrians

Accidents do sometimes happen; however, accidents can also be prevented. A recent accident in Cleveland brings forth concern about pedestrian safety and specifically protection of children. Hopefully, through raising awareness and educating the public about safety procedures, accidents such as this one, will be avoided.

The accident

The accident took place in an area close to a school. According to The Plain Dealer, a 12-year-old girl was crossing the street and a black SUV suddenly struck the girl causing her to fly over the windshield of the vehicle. The driver responsible for the accident never stopped and the girl sustained severe injuries putting her in critical condition as a result of the crash.

Pedestrian safety

Pedestrian accidents, especially like the one above, are extremely tragic. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration works to better understand pedestrian accidents and prevent future accidents through education. In 2010, the NHTSA reported that 4,280 pedestrians died in a traffic crash and another 70,000 were injured. These numbers were up from previous years and give plenty room for concern.

Children are a special cause for concern. The NHTSA reports that in 2010, of all of the children killed in traffic accidents, 19 percent of them were pedestrians. In regard to pedestrian safety, children are unique. They do not always look both ways before crossing the street, often overlooking the potential dangers of the road. In addition, the small stature of children makes them more difficult to see in comparison to adults, thereby exposing them to greater risk of a traffic accident.

Keeping children safe is a top concern and steps should be taken by both pedestrians and drivers to ensure safety. Drivers should speed limits, remain alert and be particularly careful in areas that are known to have children. Pedestrians, on the other hand, should always look both ways before crossing the street, only cross the street in designated crosswalk areas and avoid standing in the street for reasons other than crossing.

When an accident occurs

Although precautions can greatly limit the amount of accidents that occur, it's impossible to prevent every accident. When a pedestrian accident does occur, however, it is essential that the injured party hold the negligent party responsible. Holding the responsible party accountable provides the injured party with compensation to mitigate the injuries and pain that they have experienced.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights and seek compensation.