Clayton County Georgia Teen Trying to Catch School Bus Hit in Pedestrian Accident


January 26, 2011

A fourteen year-old Clayton County boy was struck by a motor vehicle this past Wednesday morning as he rushed into the street in an effort to catch his school bus before it pulled away. According to police reports, the boy darted into traffic, and the driver had no opportunity to stop or swerve to avoid the pedestrian accident. Fortunately, the teen's injuries appeared to be only cuts and bruises, but he was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center for a closer medical evaluation.

The boy received a citation for "fleeing into traffic." It was not clear whether other factors such as the procedure for loading and unloading bus passengers or the design of the street also played a factor in the accident. While this teenager suffered only minor injuries, children and teenagers are the most common victims of pedestrian accidents involving cars, trucks and SUVs. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing children and teenagers seriously injured in Georgia pedestrian accidents for over a quarter of a century.

Over 38,000 children under the age of 14 are injured in pedestrian car accidents annually in the U.S. Like the child in the Clayton County pedestrian accident, children are most commonly involved in pedestrian auto collisions during the hours they are walking to and from school or the bus. 45% of all pedestrian auto accidents involving victims under 16 occur between 3 PM and 7 PM when children are typically on their way home from school.

Children are at a greater risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident because they are almost always on foot and are not as alert. They also may lack the maturity to appreciate the risk posed by conduct that can make them vulnerable to being struck by a motor vehicle. It is very common for children to run out into the street to retrieve a ball or family pet without checking to make sure that it is safe. The younger the child the greater the risk. Very young children also lack the ability to judge distance and speed accurately. When children enter the street, their relatively small stature also makes them less visible to approaching drivers. While pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries to the accident victim, a child or teenager who is involved in a pedestrian collision is also more likely to suffer catastrophic and even fatal injuries because of the child's relatively small size and weight.

Children, like toddlers who are very young, are often injured in pedestrian accidents that do not occur on a street but in a driveway or parking lot. Almost half of all pedestrian car collisions involving children ages 1-4 occur in driveways where vehicles are backing up. The number of backing up accidents involving small children as pedestrians has actually increased in recent years. Research has shown that children in this age range are simply too young to understand and appreciate the potential danger from a moving car, truck or SUV.

Many times pedestrian accidents involving children and teenagers can be the result of the careless conduct of others, including:

  • Poor supervision by babysitters, neighbors or other adults charged with supervising minors
  • Bus drivers who fail to adequately use warning signs/lights or supervise loading and unloading of school children
  • Reckless or careless drivers who are speeding, fail to stop for blinking lights on a school bus or engage in other unsafe driving practices
  • Public entities that fail to design roadways or bus stops with sufficient attention to children's safety
  • Drivers who do not check behind their motor vehicle before backing up

At Montlick and Associates, we know there are few things in life as difficult as coping with a serious injury to one's child. We have been representing parents whose children suffer serious injury or death in pedestrian accidents throughout Georgia for over 25 years.

Our experienced Georgia pedestrian auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

Our attorneys and staff will work hard to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.

Category: Auto Accidents

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