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Are children or adults more likely to be struck by cars?

You may already know that there are certain factors that can increase the odds of a pedestrian accident, such as a driver who is speeding or a pedestrian who is wearing dark clothing at night. But let's look at things in a more general sense to see if adults or children are in greater danger.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both kids and older adults -- those who are around retirement age -- are high-risk groups. In 2013, stats showed that 19 percent of those who were killed in these accidents were pedestrians who were at least 65 years old. This age group also accounted for 10 percent of the injuries.

In the same year, when looking at all of the children who were killed in auto accidents, 20 percent of them were pedestrians. For the purposes of this study, children were defined as those 14 years-old or younger.

Both groups are at a high risk, though accidents can happen to anyone and appear to have more to do with other risk factors than they do with age.

The CDC says that most pedestrian accidents and deaths happen at night, in urban areas. They also noted that most of the incidents happened at areas where there was not an intersection—which implies that there also was not a crosswalk.

If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, you may be facing lost wages while out of work, high medical bills and other financial concerns. Make sure that you know what legal steps you can take to seek compensation.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Pedestrian Safety," accessed May 05, 2016

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