Road Traffic Accident involving children

Road Traffic Accident

Scottish streets and roads are particularly dangerous for children especially those under the age of 15.

Child pedestrian KSIs (Killed or Seriously Injured) are some of the highest in the UK

  • Aberdeen ranks 3rd with 162.8 per 100,000 child population
  • Dundee ranks 7th with 130.4 per 100,000 child population
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh are also well above the UK average of 64.49 / 100,000 population at 112.0 and 79.2

(all figures taken over a 5 year period 2010 – 2014)

Children KSIs by Scottish LA


Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the greatest risk of being hit by a vehicle. Children are smaller and less visible and they can be unpredictable. The law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers when it comes to children. The presence of children is a warning of danger to the driver to exercise greater care. Thus, a driver must exercise a greater degree of care when they know or should know that small children are at play in the area; for example, while driving by schools, parks, and residential areas.

Case Law related to children who have been injured can be reviewed here.

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