Are College Students Most at Risk for Washington, D.C., Pedestrian Accidents?

Most news sources tend to focus solely on young children as victims of pedestrian accidents. Children are, truly, at a very high risk for experiencing a pedestrian accident. Their inability to properly judge how far away a car is or fast it may be moving—coupled with their lack of familiarity with traffic laws—makes them particularly susceptible to having a run-in with a car. According to the CDC, about 25 percent of traffic deaths in children under the age of 15 are the result of pedestrian accidents.

Statistics, however, point to another group of people that are at an even higher risk for being involved in a pedestrian accident. The same CDC study has shown that pedestrians between the ages of 15 and 29 years old are the most likely to be treated for car/pedestrian accident-related injuries.

‘Tis the Season: Examining risks and behavior in college students to prevent Washington, D.C., pedestrian injuries and deaths.

As August draws to a close, many students are returning to the District area for the fall semester of college. Knowing that people in their teens and twenties are the most likely demographic to be treated for pedestrian accident injuries, here is another important fact to consider as the collegiate crowd returns to our city:

Nearly half of the crashes that involved a pedestrian death involved one person—either the driver of the car or the pedestrian—that was intoxicated. In about one third of pedestrian deaths, the pedestrian was intoxicated. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov)

Most college students are well versed in the risks of drunk driving. In a city that is easily traversed by foot, many students opt to walk to parties and bars to avoid the need or temptation to drive.

Just because they are not behind the wheel does not, however, exempt them from being a danger to themselves and others. Walking home intoxicated through busy streets and intersections can put them at a high risk for being involved in a District area pedestrian accident, all while these students think that they are being responsible.

As colleges throughout the area start their new school years, take the time to talk with your college kids about their safety. Taking a taxi or being sure to have a sober friend along for the evening can help your older children stop themselves from being the next D.C. pedestrian accident statistic.

Call the Lawyers Who Care

If you are trying to cope following the injury of one of your children in a pedestrian/car crash, call the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia pedestrian accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins today. Our lawyers are standing by to help you recover the damages you and your child deserve—call now at 202-296-0666.

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