In the United States, motor vehicle accidents account for twenty percent of all deaths among children ages 1 to 14 and pedestrian injuries account for one third of them as has been reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pedestrian injuries are more severe on average than injuries to occupants of motor vehicles. Death to pedestrians is five times more likely to occur. In a one year period of time, it was reported that 533 child pedestrians were killed and at least 30,000 children were injured in traffic accidents.
Another 200 children were killed in non-traffic situations that include places like driveways, walkways and parkway lots. A major cause of these deaths result from traumatic brain injuries.
The type and cause of child pedestrian accidents is largely determined by a child's age and sex. Boys statistically are more likely to be injured than girls. Generally, children are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident in an urban area, on a residential street, in the late afternoon or early evening. At risk children include those who dart out into traffic in the middle of a block, those who run across intersections and those who run out while exiting buses.
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