Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that all road users share—everyone is a pedestrian.
Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2012, totaling 4,743 deaths.
“On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.” (Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, April 2014) – (PDF 1.20 MB)
Safety of pedestrians, especially children, is a top priority. Under the law in Mississippi, the driver of a motor vehicle must even come to a complete stop in the presence of children, if necessary, or be held negligent for an accident.
This is because of the unpredictable nature of the actions of children who do not have the maturity and discretion to avoid a dangerous situation. Therefore, it is the driver of the motor vehicle who must exercise due care in the presence of children, and has an even higher duty of due care that he or she would ordinarily have in operating their vehicle.
Automobile accidents that involve children either as pedestrians or on bicycles or other toy vehicles are particularly devastating to children and easily result in serious injury or death of the child. When cars hit kids the consequences are terrible.
If you, as a pedestrian, or your child, as a pedestrian, or if you or your child are on a bicycle or the child is on some other toy vehicle and are involved in an accident and suffer a serious personal injury, then you need the best attorney (that is, the best personal injury attorney) and best legal advice available.
This is because often the pedestrian or the child are blamed for the accident. Regarding children, personal injury attorneys often hear that a child “darted out” from behind a car or other obstruction.
In such situations, drivers are not excused from their obligations to be especially careful when children are or could be present and, in fact, drivers are expected to anticipate such conduct on the part of children.
David Butts Law Firm has done many cases for pedestrians and children involved in automobile accidents.
With 40 years experience, David Butts, Attorney, has the experience and legal know-how to properly represent adults and children who are involved in an accident as a pedestrian.