Sadly, children are often victims of pedestrian injuries. Just recently, two children in Baker County suffered critical injuries when they were hit by a motor vehicle.
A 12-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother were hit by a car in MacClenny (Baker County) Florida as they were trying to cross the street to go to summer school at Baker County Middle School. According to Lieutenant Bill Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol, the children were hit by a 2005 Ford Focus on Florida 121 near Lowder Street. The driver of the Ford Focus, 29-year-old Tara Nunley of Sanderson, was traveling south on Florida 121 when the pedestrian accident occurred, said the FHP. Lt. Leeper said that both children sustained serious personal injuries; the MacClenny boy was airlifted to Shands Jacksonville, and the girl was taken to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital in Baker County for treatment. No citations were issues at the scene.
In Florida, the issuance or lack of issuance of a traffic citation typically has no bearing on a civil or personal injury case or lawsuit regarding the accident. In other words, the pursuit of a personal injury case or claim is not necessarily dependent on the findings of the police officer or the decision to issue a citation or not issue a citation.
According to statistics from Safe Kids, pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages five to 14, with around 600 children dying each year in fatal pedestrian accidents. Children are often victims of these types of accidents because they are too young to understand the crucial rules for roadway safety; young children may not understand the dangers of passing cars, whereas toddlers may forget to look both ways and dart into the street after an object.
For more information on this topic, see 2 pre-teens struck in Baker County accident.