The causes of child pedestrian accidents vary from one case to another. While the actions of the child may be the cause in some cases, in others it may be a motorist's negligence.
If your child was the victim of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, compensation to cover damages stemming from his or her injuries may be available. Contact a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta to discuss the specifics of your case.
Possible Causes of Child Pedestrian Accidents
The following are some of the types of negligence that may cause pedestrians such as children to be injured:
- driver distraction/inattention;
- impaired driving (alcohol or drugs);
- violation of traffic signals or signs;
- not exercising extra care in areas where children are present;
- failing to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk; and
- failing to yield to pedestrians.
In some cases, the layout of an intersection or stretch of road with no crosswalks or limited areas where pedestrians may cross the street may put pedestrians in greater danger. This may be considered a dangerous layout for such a busy area and definitely a risk for child pedestrian accidents.
Seeking Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer in Atlanta
According to Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS), in the five metro counties of Atlanta that have transit, twice as many accidents involving pedestrians occur at night in the dark compared to under street lights. Exercise greater safety at night and try to use crosswalks that are well-lit.
If your child was injured, contact Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 to go over the particulars of the accident. We handle cases involving child pedestrian accidents and can evaluate the circumstances of your case to determine if the driver may be liable for injuries your child has suffered.