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If your child is ever hit at a marked crosswalk

On Behalf of | May 17, 2024 | Personal Injury

If you’re a parent to a school-going kid, your child being hit by a car is likely one of your worst nightmares. The situation can potentially be even more frightening if the accident occurs at a marked crosswalk. After all, this is a designated pedestrian walkway designed for safety.

If this unthinkable event happens to your child in Kentucky, you can benefit from understanding how to navigate the immediate aftermath.

Prioritize your child’s well-being

Calling 911 immediately is the most crucial step. Emergency services need to be dispatched as quickly as possible to assess your child’s injuries and provide medical attention. While the situation is stressful, it’s vital to remain calm so you can make clear decisions and communicate effectively with first responders. Avoid moving your child if there are no immediate dangers from oncoming traffic. Wait for medical personnel to arrive and stabilize them before any movement is attempted.

Secure the scene

If possible, try to get the names and contact details of those who witnessed the accident; they can corroborate your story should you decide to take legal action. Don’t forget to note down the license plate number and car details of the vehicle that hit your child.

Documenting the incident

If you are able, take clear photographic evidence of the scene of the accident from various angles. This can be helpful for documenting the location of the collision, damage to vehicles and any relevant signage. Once the police conduct an investigation and file a report, get a copy of this report for future reference.

Kentucky-specific considerations

Marked crosswalks offer pedestrians the right-of-way in Kentucky. However, Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 189.570 also states that pedestrians have a duty to exercise due care on the roadways. This means both drivers and pedestrians share some responsibility for safety. A legal representative can help determine the specific details of your case and potential fault attribution.

The moments following a child being hit by a car are overwhelming. By prioritizing your child’s medical care, securing the scene, documenting the incident and seeking legal guidance, you can help ensure that your child receives the support they need while navigating this challenging situation.