Pedestrian Injuries in Southern Illinois
It seems like just yesterday, that young Drew Faustin (9) of Mount Vernon was struck and killed by a car while walking home from a park in Mount Vernon. A GoFundMe campaign was set up, which notably has raised over $13,000 (well above the $10,000 goal). No amount of money can bring back a child, however. In May of 2019, this family suffered a loss that parents like me cannot even imagine. The concept of burying a child so young is beyond what I have words to express.
Still, it continues to happen. Southern Illinois is a rural, largely farming community. Towns like Mount Vernon pop up on the map throughout the region, as small city centers for business and recreation, but there really are no “big cities” in our region. Many families live in small country towns, cutoff from bigger cities. Perhaps this is what makes the most recent story so haunting. Young Braden Tate (8) was killed this week when he was struck by a vehicle near his home in Jefferson County. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the family.
Pedestrian Accidents are Always Preventable
While there is no doubt going to be an investigation into the most recent tragedy, the fact remains that child pedestrian accidents are always preventable. Whether a child is playing too close to a roadway or the driver is intoxicated or distracted, these accidents are preventable.
In 2019, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that over 6,500 pedestrians were killed in American roadways that year alone. Just think about that for a moment. To put this in perspective, 2,977 people are reported to have directly lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001, including the hijackers, first responders, passengers, and civilians on the ground. With this in mind, more than twice as many people die from preventable pedestrian crashes each year than the total number of people killed on 9/11.
Major Causes of Pedestrian Deaths
Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of all pedestrian deaths were seniors 65 and older. Seniors accounted for 10% of all injuries in this category. Remarkably, however, one out of five (20%) of all children killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians in 2017.
With these figures in mind, there are roughly 5 major causes of pedestrian injuries:
- Inattentive drivers – Drivers simply not paying attention or allowing their eyes and minds to wander.
- Distracted drivers – Drivers actively doing something else besides driving, such as talking on the phone, texting, messing with controls, eating, and so forth.
- Drunk drivers – Drivers who get behind the wheel intoxicated.
- Speeders – People who simply cannot obey the local speed limits.
- Reckless drivers – Drivers who simply drive erratically and do not care who they hurt.
Yes, there are times when small children or adult pedestrians may jump in the road or attempt to cross in front of traffic. The fact remains, however, that these are rare. And if a driver is paying close attention and traveling the speed limit, in the vast majority of cases, they can avoid hitting a pedestrian.
If you or someone you love suffered a serious or fatal injury due to a careless driver, call Crossroad Legal today. Experience and dedication to the community set us apart from other firms. For the last ten years, our attorney has been fighting for the rights of injured people throughout Illinois. The call is free, and you can rest assured you will be treated with the respect and compassion that you deserve from start to finish.
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