There were two tragedies in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle yesterday afternoon when two children were struck by two cars at the same intersection, according to a report made by Komo news. These accidents occurred around 3:30 pm on August 25th.
The first accident occurred near the intersection of Colson Avenue South and Airport Way South. The child, 8 years old, was riding across Airport Way South when he was hit by a car. He suffered minor lacerations and bruises but faced no serious damage.
The second accident happened when another child, 12 years old, saw the first accident. He immediately reacted and started peddling to check on his friend. While he was biking toward his companion a different car struck him. This car threw the 12-year-old from his bike and likely broke his leg. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center to receive care.
Thankfully both drivers handled the situation responsibly by remaining at the scene.
Statistics on Child Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents
Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in regards to motor vehicle accidents. The Centers for Disease Control reports that a one-fifth of the children who died in traffic accidents in 2010 were pedestrians. Over 16,000 pedestrians age 15 and below were injured in auto accidents in 2010. In order to reduce this number the CDC urges pedestrians to walk on sidewalks where available and where they are unavailable pedestrians should walk facing traffic.
The parents of these children should reach out to legal counsel to make sure that they maintain all of their available options. A police report will have to be issued to properly plot out a claim and determine fault and degrees of negligence.
Legal claims involving children can be very complicated. If you or your child has been injured by a negligent driver the Davis Law Group is here to help.