According to a new study, different behaviors that children exhibit can make them more susceptible to being struck by a motor vehicle. Researchers at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine compiled data from 1,075 pedestrian accidents that took place between 2008 and 2011. Out of the accidents, 145 of the pedestrians were younger than 18-years-old.
The researchers determined that young children, 6-years-old or younger, were more likely to be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle if they were to run out into the middle of the street. There were 39 children included in the study that fell into this category, and of the 39, 17 of them were hit by a car when they ran out into the middle of the street. Fourteen of these young children were injured by a car when they chose to cross the street in an unsafe location. All of these young children were supervised at the time of their accidents.
The study determined that children between the ages of 7 and 12 were hurt more frequently by motor vehicles when they crossed the street in the middle of the road instead of in a designated crosswalk. At the time of the pedestrian accidents, 53 percent of the children in this age group were unsupervised. One quarter of the pedestrian accidents occurred when these pre-teens darted into the street without checking for the presence of vehicles.
Teenagers, ages 13 through 18, that were recorded in the study suffered injuries from a pedestrian-car accident due to several different reasons. These reasons included crossing the street in the wrong area, using an electronic device and losing focus of their surroundings, and running into the middle of a busy street. Of the teens that were hit by a vehicle, 88 percent of them were unsupervised at the time.