ROCHESTER, N.Y. – An alarming number of children are getting hit by cars in America and what’s even more disturbing is where these accidents are happening. According to new research presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), almost every child struck by a vehicle was near a school or a bus stop.
Statistics show over 500 children are killed each year after getting struck by cars, trucks or buses and another 22,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms following this type of accident. Researchers said most of these accidents occur while children are unsupervised.
“School zones are really not as safe as most parents would think in many U.S. cities like Rochester,” bus accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “This study shows our schools really can and should be a lot safer than they are right now.”
According to the new research, children are most vulnerable around school zones during afternoons and evenings in spring months; specifically March, April, May, and June.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show some of these children are struck by school buses but there’s little data to support concrete explanations as to why these accidents are happening.
Doctors with the AAOS hope their new findings this month can help guide future prevention strategies.
“Most areas already have school zone speed restrictions and some have crossing guards,” Barnes said. “Is that enough?”