A student was hit by a vehicle in Spring Hill Tuesday morning.
Troopers believe the 16-year-old boy was walking to a bus stop when he was hit by a vehicle at Pinehurst Drive at Post Court shortly before 6 a.m.
The teen was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital with critical injuries.
The teen attends Weeki Wachee High School, and is a junior.
Some of the most vulnerable individuals walking along Hernando County roadways are children, especially during the early morning and late-afternoon hours before and after school. These times usually coincide with traffic rush hours, making it very dangerous to be a child pedestrian.
Children are at risk of being hit by cars throughout the country, not just in Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 22 percent of all traffic fatalities involving children were pedestrian accidents. More than 4,700 children across America lost their lives walking near traffic in 2012.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have compiled a list of other common areas, in addition to bus stops and school zones, where children are likely to be hit by a car, including:
- Residential neighborhoods or areas near a playground.
- In parking lots, near driveways or other areas where vehicles park.
- At intersections, crosswalks and non-intersection locations.
Pedestrian accidents involving children are quite serious. Child pedestrians are nearly 1.5 percent more likely to be killed in an accident than children who are riding as passengers in a vehicle. If your child was hit by a car, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A Hernando County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can discuss your options with you- call us today at 352-666-2121 or contact us online.