Child injuries can be difficult for any parent to handle. Pedestrian accidents involving children can lead to devastating harm. At our Law Offices, our seasoned Miami pedestrian accident attorneys are committed to helping our clients understand their rights and options after an accident. You can rest assured that we can help you in your time of need and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost one in every five traffic deaths of children under the age of 16 take place while the child is a pedestrian. In fact, pedestrian accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children in the country. In 2015, there were a total of 5,376 total fatalities related to pedestrian accidents, of which 233 deaths were child pedestrians. In Florida, there were 476 pedestrian fatalities in 2013, accounting for 20 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities in the United States.
Driving is a privilege rather than a right. As a result, drivers owe a duty of care to other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the road. Drivers must be particularly careful behind the wheel in residential neighborhoods, school zones, parks, parking lots, shopping areas, and other areas where they know children may be present. Of course, sometimes children unexpectedly dart onto the road. However, this does not mean you don’t have a claim. Children are not held to the same standard as adults, so each case will be analyzed on an individual basis.