One would think that everyone young and old would know the dangers of the road, but it appears that more children and adolescents take chances then would be expected. According to the study, children are defined as minors under the age of 18.
“Children age 6 and younger were most often injured when darting into the street (44 percent) or crossing in the middle of the street (36 percent). For children ages 7 to 12, unsupervised activity accounted for 53 percent of the accidents, followed by mid-block crossing (47 percent) and darting into the street (25 percent). Among teens ages 13 to 17, 88 percent were struck by a motor vehicle while unsupervised, 32 percent while crossing mid-block, 18 percent while using an electronic device and 14 percent when darting into the street. Just 4 percent of the teen accidents involved alcohol use.”
Information was collected by the researcher to present as an abstract at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. They collected this information from all the pedestrians who were struck by a car and sent to the Level I trauma center in New York City between 2008 and 2011.
Out of the 1,070 individuals who were hit by a car in the study, 13 percent (143) were children under the age of 18. The statistical analysis showed that the kids struck “were more likely to be male (65 percent versus. 53 percent), have head injuries (82 percent versus 73 percent), and discharged without admission (70 percent versus 67 percent).”
The study reported that children age six or under were more likely to dart between two cars or cross in the middle of the street. Unsupervised children made up 53 percent of the accidents. The older children up to the age of 17 were likely to be struck by a vehicle 88 percent more often when they were unsupervised by an adult. Thirteen percent were struck while using an electronic device; click here for the complete stats.
Even more interesting is the fact that Dr. Nina E. Glass reported that, “While most of the young children in our study were supervised by a parent or guardian, these children still exhibited a lot of risky behaviors in terms of mid-block crossing and crossing against the signal.”
The older children were more inclined to be using a cellphone or listening to music when they got hit. The adults were less inclined to be using electronic devices when they got hit by a motor vehicle.
Adult supervision and teaching children safety precautions would help prevent these senseless accidents.