According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one out of every five children who were between the ages of 5 years old and 15 years old who died in a traffic accident in 2012 were a pedestrian. In Houston, Texas, and across the United States, pedestrian accidents are a very serious problem, especially when it comes to children. To make matters worse, some people do not understand just how many children are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents each year and some drivers fail to pay proper attention to child pedestrians on the road.
On their site, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published alarming statistics on children involved in pedestrian accidents. It is important to remember that the statistics presented on the NHTSA's website only account for children who are 14 years old and younger. The NHTSA reports that in 2013, 236 children passed away in pedestrian accidents in the United States. Among the children who lost their lives in these accidents, 59 percent were male. Additionally, the number of fatal child pedestrian accidents that occurred outside of an intersection saw a 77 percent increase in comparison to 2012.
According to data presented by the NHTSA, most pedestrian accidents involving children take place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. For the parents of child pedestrians, it is essential to remind children of how dangerous the roads are and identify strategies to prevent these accidents from claiming even more young lives. Also, drivers should look out for children at all times and realize the prevalence of these tragic incidents throughout the country.