A 14-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were injured during an East Baltimore car accident yesterday afternoon. The two children were close to the intersection of North Highland Avenue and East Fayette Street when they were hit by a car. Charges are pending against the motorist that struck them.
Child Pedestrian Accidents
Many children lack the judgment and experience to protect themselves from Maryland pedestrian accidents. Although drivers must always refrain from negligent driving to avoid striking pedestrians of any age, they must exercise extra caution around children.
Steps motorists can take to avoid striking child pedestrians:
• Drive at a slower speed in residential neighborhoods and areas where children are likely to be playing or walking to and from school.
• Obey traffic signs and signage and respect crosswalks and speed limits.
• When backing up your car, do so cautiously and slowly. Many child pedestrians are injured in backover accidents each year.
• Don’t text message or talk on the phone while driving.
• Keep your eyes and attention on the road at all times.
In 2008, 270 children in the 14 and under age group were killed in US pedestrian accidents. Our Baltimore injuries to children and minors lawyers have seen the devastating toll pedestrian accidents can take on the victims and their families.
Serious Maryland pedestrian injuries have included traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and wrongful death.
Teen, toddler hit by car, injured; charges pending against driver, Baltimore Sun, July 11, 2010
Children: 2008 Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA (PDF)
Related Web Resources:
Pedestrian Safety, CDC
Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog
If your child was injured in a car accident that you believed was caused by another party’s careless or reckless acts, contact our Baltimore injuries to minors and children law firm today.