Boston pedestrian accidents illustrate dangers for teens and older adults

A 14-year-old boy was struck after missing his bus early Sept. 16 and a 68-year-old woman was seriously injured after being hit by a female driving a Jeep Wrangler along Upper County Road shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. The Cape Cod Times reports the woman sustained serious injuries and was transported by MedFlight to a Boston-area hospital for treatment.

The Boston Herald reports that the young man was transported to University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center for evaluation after being struck by the mirror of a passing car near the intersection of Rt. 12 and Dana Road.
As our Massachusetts pedestrian & bicycle accident lawyers reported in an earlier post to our Boston Personal Injury Attorney blog, nearly 25 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in Massachusetts involved pedestrians. In 2008, out of 363 fatalities involving Massachusetts car accidents, 75 victims were pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured every eight minutes and one is killed every three hours on the nation’s roads.

Other key findings from 2008 NHTSA pedestrian fatality and injury statistics:

~ More than two-thirds of pedestrian-related traffic fatalities involve men.

~ Almost half of all pedestrian fatalities happen on weekends and more pedestrians are killed on a Saturday than any other day of the week.

~ Most pedestrian fatalities involving children aged 16 and younger happen between 3- 7 p.m.

~ Older Americans (65 and over) make up 13 percent of the U.S. population and represent 18 percent of all pedestrian-related traffic fatalities.

~ Children aged 14 and younger make up one-fifth of all traffic fatalities involving pedestrians.

~ More than 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities involving older Americans and 76 percent of pedestrian fatalities involving children aged 14 and under occurred at non-intersections.

~ Nationwide, in 2008, 316 pedestrians killed were children aged 15 and younger, and 15,000 children in the age group were injured during pedestrian-related traffic accidents.

The Boston personal injury attorneys at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, LLC, have more than 18 years experience handling personal injury and accident claims. Our team understands how difficult it can be to deal with the physical, emotional and financial devastation that often accompanies being injured in a Massachusetts traffic accident. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call our offices at (617) 777-7777.

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