Top-Rated Attorneys for Child Pedestrian Accidents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
If your child has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we can help you hold the negligent driver accountable and make sure you win the money you need to cover not only your child’s medical expenses, but all of the losses stemming from the accident. Serious injuries can affect a child for the rest of his or her life, and protecting your child’s future requires experienced legal representation. Bottaro Law Firm, LLC has been in business for more than a decade, and our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We will use our experience and relentlessness to make sure you and your child receive the compensation you deserve.
In addition to handling injury cases, we also provide vigorous representation for parents in fatal child pedestrian accidents. Our attorneys represent clients in wrongful death cases throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and our experienced staff will handle everything for you so that you can focus on spending time with your family. To speak with someone about your claim, we welcome you to contact us for a free consultation.
Seeking Compensation for Child Pedestrian Accident Injuries
At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we represent parents and children in cases involving all types of pedestrian accidents. These accidents happen with alarming frequency, and statistics show that children are particularly susceptible to suffering serious or fatal injuries in traffic-related collisions. Call us today if your child has been hit by a car while:
- Walking to or from school
- Waiting for the bus
- Going home from the bus stop
- Playing outside
- Running or walking on the sidewalk or the side of the road
- In a parking lot or other high-traffic area
In these and other cases, when a driver hits a child, the accident is often going to be the driver’s fault. Drivers should be prepared to avoid collisions with pedestrians, and they should know the places and times of day when they need to be extra cautious about children at play. Whether the driver was speeding, texting behind the wheel, being inattentive, or was somehow otherwise negligent, our experienced legal team will use the available evidence to establish liability and fight for the largest possible settlement or verdict.
Driver Safety in School Zones and around School Buses
In school zones, drivers are legally required to exercise caution to avoid accidents with children. This includes not only obeying the reduced speed limits, but being prepared to avoid hitting children who suddenly dart into the road or appear unexpectedly from behind a street sign or parked car. Unfortunately, drivers often get impatient driving slowly, and many pay attention to their phones or passengers instead of keeping their eyes on the road.
The same holds true around school buses. Drivers must obey bus stop signs, and they must give children the right-of-way until they are safely off to the side of the road. Speeding and distracted driving are common factors in many bus-related child pedestrian accidents as well.
Statistics on Child Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are a major problem in our country, and in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in particular. Each year, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed and 76,000 suffer injuries in traffic-related accidents. A significant portion of these victims are children. Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- One-fifth of children ages 14 and under who are killed in traffic crashes are pedestrians.
- One-tenth of children ages 10 to 14 who are injured in traffic crashes are pedestrians. This is the highest percentage of any age group.
- Five percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 15 percent of all pedestrian injuries are suffered by children ages 14 and under.
- In 2013, 236 children ages 14 and under died in pedestrian accidents. The NHTSA estimates that 10,000 suffered pedestrian accident injuries.
- The pedestrian fatality rates in Massachusetts (20.9 percent) and Rhode Island (21.5 percent) are significantly higher than the national average (14.5 percent).
Bottaro Law Firm, LLC | Child Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Serving MA & RI
In many cases, child pedestrian accidents have multiple witnesses. This is especially true with accidents occurring near buses and in school zones. In addition, there are often numerous other forms of evidence that point to a negligent driver being responsible for the child victim’s injuries. At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we are skilled at collecting all of the available evidence and using it to our client’s advantage. Nevertheless, to give you and your child the best chance at a full recovery, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible.
We have offices throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and we offer free home and hospital visits as part of our “No Fee Guarantee.” To speak with a lawyer about your case, contact Bottaro Law Firm, LLC today.