Ann Arbor, MI accident attorneys see it time and time again where a teen has been significantly injured or killed while walking to and from school.
Teen safety is top priority as the level of risk has increased when a teen is walking to and from a destination. But as much as parents teach and lecture their teens on right from wrong, we have to remember that they are going through phases in their life where sometimes the information provided doesn’t quite stick. When a teen doesn’t take into consideration the advice their parent (s) give, they often wind up getting hurt or put in a negative situation. One issue that has been brought to light is teen pedestrian safety as teens are known for engaging in an accident while on foot.
How do we know this has become a rather large issue? According to safekids.org, “Every hour, a teen pedestrian is injured or killed after being hit by a car in the United States.”
Why are These Statistics So High?
There are several different factors that are known to cause a teen to become the victim to an accident and some include:
- The driver was going too fast. According to data, 24% of teens who were hit or almost hit stated that this was the reason for the accident or the potential incident.
- The teen didn’t look properly- 13% claimed they didn’t quite look before crossing the road.
- The driver was distracted or not paying attention- 10% of teens stated this was the reason they almost were hit or did get hit by a vehicle.
When teens were asked what they were doing when crossing the street, their responses also displays their lack of awareness for how dangerous the roadway truly is.
- 47% said they were listening to music
- 18% stated they were texting
- 20% claimed they were talking on the phones
Although these factors have contributed to the growing number of teen pedestrian accidents, these types of mishaps are known to occur when it is dark outside. Three-quarters of the teen fatalities that have occurred did so between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. This is usually when the teen is walking to and from school.
How Can Your Teen Avoid an Accident?
The first thing your teen needs to do is remember to not engage in something that is going to distract them from the road and the drivers. Some things include:
- Stop somewhere safe to take a call.
- If your teen listens to music, make sure their eyes are on the road at all times and they take their headphones out when crossing the street.
- It is important that teens refrain from walking in the road and if they must, walk facing the traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Always make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street.
Always remind your teen to keep these safety tips in mind whenever out walking or crossing the street. And in the event your teen is injured in an accident, you are going to want to speak with an Ann Arbor, Michigan accident lawyer as your loved one could be eligible to receive compensation for the harm done.