A recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide places Louisville teens at risk of pedestrian accidents. The most concerning data is the recent and continued rise in pedestrian injury accidents, many of which are teenagers and children. The study shows the risk of pedestrian injury for a 16 to 19 year old Louisville teen has risen steadily over the past five years with tens of thousands of pedestrian accidents each year involving teens across the United States each year.
The causes of pedestrian accidents are of great concern to lawmakers, law enforcement and parents alike. While many might blame “distracted walking” (looking at a smart phone while walking), the real answer may be distracted driving. Drivers using cell phones, mobile devices and even built in information centers are looking away from the roadway more and more each passing year.
Teenagers are known for wanting to stay out late, and those who cannot drive often walk, ride their bicycle or ride a skateboard or scooter. Three out of every four teen pedestrian accidents occur between the hours of 7PM and 7AM. It is harder to see pedestrians at night, and being out after dark places Louisville teens at risk of pedestrian accidents and injuries.
Injuries in pedestrian accidents are often quite severe. A young body is no match for the power and force of a motor vehicle. Common pedestrian injuries include closed head injury and TBI, broken bones and fractures as well as serious injuries to the back and neck.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at HLH represent those injured in Louisville pedestrian accidents. In many cases, these incidents involve hit and run drivers. In these cases HLH attorneys must help to hold our client’s own UM/UIM insurance provider accountable to ensure full and fair compensation. If you or someone you love is injured in a pedestrian accident we invite you to contact HLH or call 502-583-9701 to speak with us personally for a free consultation. There is no cost to you and your family out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.