Two young girls were hit by a pickup truck shortly after leaving school. According to WTVY, the truck driver appeared to be a teenager.
Emergency responders transported the two children to the hospital. One of the victims was listed in critical condition and later died of her injuries. The other girl suffered serious wounds that were not life threatening.
No tragedy can compare to the loss of a child. If a member of your family sustained injuries or was killed in a pedestrian crash, then you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver.
If the incident happened in Alabama, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC to discuss your case. A Mobile auto accident attorney will compassionately and aggressively represent your interests.
Our legal team has been helping the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn eight tips to help your children avoid pedestrian accidents:
- Look before Crossing
Teach your children to look left, right and left again before crossing any road. Remind them to continue looking until they are safely across the street.
- Use Sidewalks and Crosswalks
Using sidewalks and crosswalks is always safer than walking on the road. Teach your kids how to read traffic signals and use crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, children should walk as far to the left as possible while facing traffic.
- Make Eye Contact
Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. If a driver is looking down or does not make eye contact, then he or she is not paying attention, and it is not safe to cross.
- Do Not Allow Young Children to Cross Alone
Most children aged 10 and younger cannot judge the distance or speed of oncoming vehicles. As such, they should not be allowed to cross a road alone.
- Be Cautious of Cars Reversing and Turning
Teach your children to be particularly cautious of cars that are backing up or turning. They should wait until the vehicle has completed its maneuver before proceeding.
- Do Not Run into the Street
Teach your children never to run into the street – even if the road appears quiet and free of cars. If a ball rolls into the road, kids should ask an adult for assistance.
- Exercise Caution in Parking Lots
Children are often complacent in parking lots. Your kids should know that drivers are often distracted when they are trying to park. Instruct your children to stay alert and avoid walking between parked cars.
- Be Visible
Kids should wear brightly colored clothing or a reflective vest to help drivers see them. This is particularly important when walking at dusk or dawn, or in inclement weather. If your children walk at night, instruct them to carry a flashlight.
If the worst happens and your child sustains an injury in a pedestrian crash, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. A Mobile car accident attorney will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal-injury claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultatio