Running a Stop Sign Can Injure a Child
Children are often the victims of pedestrian accidents. They can be seen running into the street fetching a ball or riding their bicycle in a residential neighborhood. Even if a parent teaches a child safety when it comes to crossing the street, it is believed that children under the age of 10 are exposed to traffic dangers that are beyond their cognitive behavioral and physical abilities. Also, many pedestrian accidents happen because the driver was distracted or was driving recklessly in a school zone or neighborhood.
Pedestrian injury continues to be one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death among children. A survey by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign found that two-thirds of drivers exceeded the posted speed limit in school zones during the 30 minutes before and after school.
Another study by SAFE KIDS and FedEx Express discovered that many drivers commit stop sign violations in school zones and residential neighborhoods. Researchers observed 288 intersections for 30 minutes each. Each intersection was either located in a school zone or a residential neighborhood with child pedestrian traffic.
It was observed that almost half of the vehicles did not come to a complete stop at intersections. Thirty-seven percent of drivers rolled right through stop signs and another 7 percent didn’t even slow down. When a driver actually stopped, it was usually in or past the crosswalk, which can still cause injuries. What was also upsetting is that 24 percent of motorists did not come to a complete stop when pedestrians were crossing and even more drivers violated stop signs when pedestrians were waiting to cross.
The findings of this national study show that children are at risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident. Drivers in New York and throughout the country need to take extra precaution when driving in areas where children congregate. If your child has been injured in a New York pedestrian accident, you should contact an experienced Staten Island injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 718-701-2776 or 800-310-5520 for legal advice.