Three children were hospitalized this week after two separate West Palm Beach pedestrian accidents.
The first Palm Beach County accident occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9. Two boys, ages 12 and 13, were riding a small, powered scooter near North Sapodilla Avenue and 4th Street. The boys ran a stop sign and were hit by a car believed to be either a Pontiac or a Buick. The driver left the scene. The boys were taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Another child was injured around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. An 8-year-old boy, riding his bike in the parking lot of the Palm Grove Apartments on Australian Avenue, was hit by a Nissan Pathfinder. The boy was also taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. He was treated for minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Each year, more than 60,000 pedestrians are injured in car accidents. Many of these accident victims are children. Why are children at such high risk of injury from Florida pedestrian accidents?
- Children are small. It is difficult for drivers to see children, especially if they are standing between parked cars.
- Children are not able to judge distance or speed and may make unsafe decisions.
- Children are unfamiliar with Florida traffic rules. They may assume that drivers will yield to them.
Drivers have a duty to watch for children, especially when driving in areas where children often play. If your child has been injured in a West Palm Beach car crash, you may be eligible for insurance compensation for your child's injuries. To learn more, contact West Palm Beach accident injury attorney David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.