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Are teens really at a higher risk for pedestrian accidents?

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Statistics indicate that teen pedestrian injuries and deaths are on the rise, and teenage pedestrian accidents in Georgia are of great concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the national rate of pedestrian deaths is 1.38 deaths per 100,000 people; however, Georgia has 1.73 deaths per 100,000 people—coming in at 25 percent higher than the national average. Sadly, teen pedestrian deaths are included in this statistic.

Unfortunately, people of all ages—children, teens, adults, and seniors—are at risk for being hit by motor vehicles. However, new studies have indicated that the pedestrian death rate for older teens is double that of younger children, as pedestrian accidents nationwide have increased about 25 percent for teens between the ages of 16 and 19. One of the reasons for this may be due to cell phone use.

Teenage pedestrians can increase their chances of being involved in a Peachtree City pedestrian accident by taking part in distracted walking. This can include anything from talking on their cell phones to texting while walking and listening to music. When teen pedestrians aren’t paying attention to their surroundings, they may not be aware of approaching vehicles.

Teenagers also need to get the proper amount of sleep so that they are not walking to school while drowsy. Inadequate sleep can affect a teen’s chances of being hit by a car, as they may have slower reaction times and impaired judgment. However, not every teenage pedestrian accident is a teen’s fault. Many drivers are distracted at the wheel.

If your teenage son or daughter was hit by a vehicle while walking to school in Georgia, please contact an experienced Peachtree City pedestrian injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to learn about your rights in a free consultation at (770) 487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia