Child Pedestrian Accidents
From a child’s perspective, Long Beach is like a huge playground: with its many parks and beaches, there’s always space to run and play. But whether your child is playing in one of the city’s fantastic green spaces or in your front yard, there is always the possibility that they could be struck by a reckless driver. The chilling reality is that when a child is the victim of a pedestrian accident, the injuries are often severe. This can result in hospitalization, expensive medical bills, and the need for a Long Beach child pedestrian accident attorney. If your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, Jamal Injury Law P.C. can help. We will fight to hold the responsible party accountable and recover the compensation you deserve.Child Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 516 children and teen pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents and an additional 22,000 were injured. This makes pedestrian accidents the fifth most common cause of death for children between the ages of five and 19. In addition, 20 percent of traffic fatalities involving kids in this age range involve pedestrian accidents.
As you may well be aware, pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in Long Beach. According to the Long Beach Police Department, during each year between 2006 and 2016 there were at least 444 pedestrian accidents that injured or killed a cyclist or pedestrian. At the high point in 2012, 627 of these accidents occurred. In addition, in 2016 the Los Angeles Times published a study showing a 7 percent increase in pedestrian deaths across the state.
Numbers like these call attention to the serious problem of pedestrian accidents and highlight how important it is that we take legal action against those who perpetrate them. At Jamal Injury Law P.C., our child pedestrian lawyers in Long Beach are committed to delivering justice to our community by fighting this epidemic. If you need help proving the negligence of the party who is responsible for your child’s accident, we can help.Common Injuries
When the victim of a pedestrian accident is a small and vulnerable child, the repercussions are often severe. Injuries are typically more serious than those we see in accidents involving adults. Children more commonly experience broken limbs, spinal injuries, brain injuries, and worse. They often leave parents with enormous medical bills and the inability to work as they care for their recovering child. What many victims don’t realize is that they are entitled to compensation for all accident-related expenses, not just medical bills, but it is often necessary to work with a lawyer to fully recover damages.
The best way to ensure that justice is served and you are fairly compensated for your losses is to work with a Long Beach child pedestrian accident lawyer. If you find yourself in this situation, the team at Jamal Injury Law P.C. specializes in helping local citizens recover the compensation they are entitled to.Keeping Kids Safe
As a parent, there are many steps you can take to keep your children safe. Start by teaching your children to practice traffic safety like looking right and left before crossing the street and not playing in or near the street. Encourage them to focus on their surroundings rather than walking while playing with hand-held games or texting.
Unfortunately, regardless of whether your child is playing or walking safely, an unexpected maneuver from a driver can end in a serious accident. The good news is that the law is usually on the side of the child pedestrian, and the person behind the wheel of the vehicle is generally considered at least partially responsible. This is true even if your child entered traffic by accident.
If your child was injured in a pedestrian accident, our child pedestrian accident lawyers serving Long Beach are here for you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today. We will give you a clear sense of your rights and the types of compensation you may be entitled to, and will fight for the justice you and your child deserve.
Get in touch to schedule an appointment with Jamal Injury Law P.C. today at (714) 907-1021.