A 12-year-old girl from High Ridge, Missouri was seriously injured late last month after being hit by a car in Jefferson County. The accident left 12-year-old Isabella Marco hospitalized after authorities say she was struck on West Rock Creek Road around 2:20 p.m.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson says that Marco was out riding her bike in the afternoon when she was rounded a curve heading east and was struck head-on by a westbound vehicle. Marco was taken by ambulance to St. Louis Children's Hospital where she is reportedly recovering from serious injuries.
According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of all crash fatalities in the U.S. Though this sounds like an incredibly high figure, it's actually down from the 13 percent seen in the late 1990s. Between 50 and 60 pedestrian die each year in Missouri, numbers that have been on the rise recently and worried some state safety officials.
Across the U.S. 13 pedestrians are killed in automobile accidents every single day. Another 84,000 pedestrians suffer serious and sometimes debilitating injuries each year. These figures should serve as scary reminders of just how risky something like going for a walk or a bike ride can be.
The severity of the damage done when automobiles collide with people is because pedestrians have absolutely zero protection from cars or trucks. If a vehicle strikes a pedestrian they are totally exposed and often suffer serious harm from blows to head when colliding with the windshields of vehicles or the pavement. Even if pedestrians are lucky enough to survive the initial collision, these head traumas can lead to lasting physical and mental damage. Beyond head injuries, pedestrians face broken limbs, spinal damage, internal bleeding and organ damage.
Pedestrians in St. Louis who want to decrease their chance of injury should remember the following tips. First, remember to always use sidewalks when possible and never cross streets or enter intersections unless it is legal to do so. If there are no safe sidewalks, experts usually recommend walking facing traffic, something that improves your odds of being seen by drivers. Finally, make sure to wear reflective or light colored clothing and carrying flashlights can be another way of making it easy for drivers to see you.
If you have been the victim of a bike crash or injured while riding your bike, call our Jefferson County, MO bike injury lawyers, located in St Louis Missouri, today at (314) 863-0500. We handle cases throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois.
Source: "High Ridge 12-Year-Old in Serious Condition After Pedestrian Accident," by Karlie Baker, published at Patch.com.
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