It is unfortunate but true that pedestrians are often the victims of negligent and dangerous drivers, especially within city limits. While pedestrian accidents often have the potential to be deadly, matters can be worse if the victim is a minor and the accident takes place near a school area, which should ideally be a safer place for pedestrians than other roads, as those areas always frequented by children.
A series of accidents involving apparently school-going children near Raleigh are noteworthy. According to news reports, a 17-year-old girl was injured in the early hours of the morning after she was struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk in front of Apex High School. The victim was rushed to a hospital for necessary treatment and the crash is currently under investigation. This was the third pedestrian accident in Apex that has occurred in front of a school. The other two accidents were in October of 2017.
In one incident, a 10-year-old girl was struck by a car but, fortunately, she was not seriously injured. Her parents requested that city authorities add a crosswalk at that place in order to avoid future mishaps. In the second incident, a 15-year-old boy was hit in a crosswalk. He was injured but, fortunately, those injuries were non-life-threatening. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
As worrisome as these pedestrian accidents are, the fact remains that there are many drivers who continue to be negligent while operating a vehicle, even when they are in an area that has several schools and, resultantly, many children. Injured victims may have legal options.