A 13-year-old boy suffered from a broken arm after being hit by a car in the Fern Creek area on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. According to Alicia Smiley, Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson, the victim left St. Gabriel Gym and was trying to cross five lanes of traffic to go to a Speedway. He was struck by a 1993 Honda in the northbound lane of Bardstown Road. The teenager was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital for treatment. The driver of the Honda was cited for not having an operator’s license. Still, he was allowed to leave the scene.
- In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured.
- Older adults, children, drivers and pedestrians who are alcohol-impaired are most at risk.
- In 2010, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
- In 2011, there were a total of 4,432 pedestrian fatalities and the 14 and younger age group accounted for 5% of those fatalities.
- In 2011, around 69,000 pedestrians were injured and 11,000 of those injured belong to the 14 and younger age group.
- Male teenagers accounted for 65% of those injured.
- In 2011, the highest percentage of fatalities among teen pedestrians happened between 4 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. and occurred at non-intersection locations.
If your child is under 10-years-old, it's recommended that you walk with them when crossing the street. It is good to talk to your child and inform them how to be safe and aware while walking and crossing the street. In addition, it is important that pedestrians look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Another safety tip is to make eye contact with the driver of the car before crossing in front of them.
As a Kentucky Pedestrian Accident Attorney, I am aware that children are at a higher risk to be in a pedestrian accident. As a parent, we need to be careful and help our children to prevent injuries and deaths. If your child is a teenager, please remind them not to use a cell phone or any gadget while walking. If it is urgent or necessary, tell your child to stop walking and look for a safe area to text or call. Likewise, teach them to never run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.