White Oak Middle School Students Are Treated For Injuries After Being Hit By A Van In Silver Spring, Maryland

A few of the 10 school children who were injured after being hit by a white Ford van while waiting for their school bus at a bus stop in front of Forest Park Apartments on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring are still being treated for their injuries.

Montgomery County police say the accident took place on the morning of Friday, September 1, when Sebastian Vasquez, the driver of the van, lost control of his vehicle and hit a curb, a fire hydrant, and the middle school students.

The students were taken to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, and it is not known whether Vasquez will be charged with committing any crime.

In 1999, according to the CDC:

· Almost 5,000 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents.
· About 85,000 pedestrians were injured.
· 30% of the pedestrians killed (14 years of age and older) were killed by a drunk driver.
· 1 out of 5 pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run accidents.

· Children (15 years of age and younger) accounted for 32% of nonfatal pedestrian injuries and 12% of pedestrian fatalities.

If you or someone you know has been injured while walking, running, or standing on a street or sidewalk due to the negligence of a driver, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced personal injury lawfirm can assist you and give you the proper advice regarding your pedestrian accident-related injury.

Montgomery Company Police: Van Accident Investigation Ongoing, wtop.com, September 8, 2006
Van Slams Into Middle School Bus Stop, Injuring Children, Gazette.net, September 6, 2006
Pedestrian Injuries, CDC

Related Web Resources:

Pedestrian Safety Laws, About.com
Pedestrian Safety, NSC.org

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