In a matter of seconds, a serious accident can change a child’s life forever. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a large portion of pedestrian accident victims are teens and young children. Each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians die in road accidents, and an estimated 76,000 sustain serious injuries.
Many of these collisions are unavoidable, but a little education about pedestrian crashes can go a long way toward preventing them. It is important that children understand the risks of the road and how to avoid becoming a statistic.
At Morris Bart, LLC, we understand that even the most cautious pedestrians can fall victim to negligent drivers. If a driver injured you or your child, call us today at 1-800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation with a Lafayette personal-injury lawyer.
According to the NHTSA, there are several steps you can take to reduce the chance that your child will be involved in a pedestrian accident:
- Walk Prepared
If you and your children plan to walk along roads, or even on sidewalks, then it is important to be adequately prepared. Make sure that you are visible to other motorists by wearing bright clothing during the day, and reflective vests or accessories at night.
If visibility is low, use a flashlight to ensure there is adequate lighting. This will help you see your path ahead and will make you visible to passing motorists. Your front light should be white, and your rear light should be red.
It is also important to plan your route. If possible, choose a route that has less traffic or specific traffic calming zones. Adequate street lighting and sidewalks can also make a route safer.
- Educate Your Children
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It is critical that parents teach their children the rules of the road. Many serious accidents happen because young kids fail to use sidewalks or pedestrian crossings correctly. The NHTSA encourages parents to teach their children to walk on sidewalks, and if they must walk in the street, travel in the opposite direction of traffic.
Children must also learn to look left, right and then left again before crossing driveways or roads. They must be aware of potential dangers approaching from behind. They must also know to cross only at marked crosswalks, corners or safe intersections, and they must obey crossing signals at all times.
A child who is alert and proactive about road safety will be less likely to get in an accident. Prepare your children for all eventualities, and teach them how to notice a distracted driver and evade an accident if necessary.
If you or your child was in an accident due to a driver’s negligence, call Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette personal injury attorney from our firm can investigate your case and advise you on the best way to proceed. If you have a valid claim, we may be able to help you recover medical expenses and lost wages. Call us today at 1-800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment.