Alpharetta Pedestrian Accidents can Seriously Injure Children Walking to School
Many children in and around the Alpharetta area walk to and from school each day, usually without incident. Unfortunately, when accidents happen, the consequences can be serious. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports1 that approximately 76,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2012 alone. School-age children are particularly at risk for involvement in a pedestrian accident, for a variety of reasons. For example, they are simply harder for drivers to see than adults because of their smaller size. Additionally, they often run or engage in other risky behaviors in and around the street. As a result, roads with schools in the vicinity often alert drivers to the presence of children and impose slower speed limits during school hours.
Pedestrian accidents can have catastrophic consequences
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are a reality of modern life, and drivers often engage in negligent conduct even when they are aware that children may be present. In the event that a driver’s negligence leads to an injury-causing accident, victims are entitled to recover for their losses. These losses can include expenses from medical bills, rehabilitative care, loss of earning potential, and loss of quality of life. Among the more common injuries that people sustain in pedestrian accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries – A spinal cord injury, or SCI, occurs when part of the spinal column in injured. Potential consequences include complete or partial paralysis and other medical complications.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – TBIs are serious injuries that can leave people with a variety of medical issues, including post-concussion syndrome, cognitive issues, social problems, and issues with motor function.
- Broken bones – Broken bones can be extraordinarily painful and can require intensive medical intervention. Furthermore, victims may experience loss of function and may also be left with unsightly scarring.
- Amputation – In some cases, a pedestrian accident may result in an unintentional amputation of a body part as a result of the accident. In others, the injuries that victims sustain may be so severe as to require amputation of an injured limb or other body part.
Of course, there are many other injuries that can occur after a pedestrian accident, and victims should be certain to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an injury occurs.
Contact an Alpharetta personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
Anyone who has a child who has been injured in a pedestrian accident should contact an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today at (770) 355-0780.