In the summer, children may enjoy spending their free time outdoors, whether they are swimming, playing soccer or kickball with friends or riding bikes. While all of these activities are good ways to be active and pass the time before school starts again, they also involve some safety risks. Unsupervised children could all too easily become victims of a tragic accident.
An 8-year-old boy was recently injured while riding his bike in a Las Vegas neighborhood. He was hit by a truck, and was taken to a local hospital with head and leg injuries. According to authorities, he is in critical condition. Truck accidents like this one can happen at any time, and for a pedestrian or a bicyclist of any age, such accidents can cause serious injuries, as pedestrians and bicyclists do not have the benefit of air bags to disperse the force of the impact.
When someone is involved in a car or truck accident, the legal theory of negligence determines liability. However, when the victim is a child, there are additional considerations. Drivers have an increased duty of care when a driver knows or reasonably should expect that children may be present. In the same circumstance, the standard of care that a child must exercise is lower than that asked of an adult. The laws vary by state, but generally children under a certain age are deemed incapable of contributing to their own injuries.
Areas such as schools, parks and playgrounds and residential neighborhoods commonly fall within the areas that children may be present. When driving in such places, drivers should pay more careful attention to their surroundings and be prepared to slow down or stop quickly, as needed.
Source: www.lasvegassun.com, “Vegas boy badly hurt in bicycle-pickup truck crash,” July 16, 2013
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