Many children in the United States walk to school. This can be a healthy and productive way to start the day, but it takes just one negligent motorist to cause a tragedy. In 2013, 20 percent of children younger than 14 who died in traffic accidents were pedestrians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Walking to school can be particularly risky. Children are often distracted by friends, and some do not understand how to avoid dangerous situations.
Fortunately, a few basic tips can help your children stay safe:
- Only cross the street on designated crosswalks;
- Always check for cars – even if you have the right of way;
- Look left, right and left again;
- Make sure the driver can see you;
- And always wear noticeable clothing.
If your children walk to school, teach them these five safety tips:
Only Cross the Street on Designated Crosswalks
Children who walk to school often have to cross busy roads. Teach them only to cross at designated crosswalks such as traffic lights or marked school crossing locations.
If many children need to cross a dangerous intersection, talk to your child’s school about initiating a crossing guard program. Safe Routes offers resources and suggestions for best practices and training.
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Always Check for Cars – Even If You Have the Right of Way
Teaching children how to use crosswalks is not enough to ensure their safety. You never know when a driver will be drunk, fatigued or distracted. Young kids should always look for approaching vehicles – even if they have the right of way.
Look Left, Right and Left Again
Both children and adults should look left, right and left again before crossing any street. Teach your kids to be aware of vehicles turning right on red.
Make Sure the Driver Can See You
Just because your child can see the driver does not mean that the driver can see your child. Your child should make eye contact with the driver before walking in front of the vehicle, and should not start crossing unless he or she is certain that the driver has come to a complete stop.
Wear Noticeable Clothing
If your child walks to school in the early morning or late afternoon, he or she should wear bright clothing or a reflective vest. If your child walks at night, he or she should carry a small flashlight to get the attention of drivers.
If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent driver, you may have grounds for an injury claim against the at-fault motorist. A Shreveport car accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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