Children tend to be impulsive and energetic and do not always think about their own safety.
Studies have indicated that approximately 20 percent of child car accident fatalities involved a pedestrian child. These accidents generally happen during the hours when children are going to or from school. Children tend to be impulsive and energetic and do not always think ahead about their safety. In most cases, these impulsive reactions result in minor scratches or bruises; however, when a child is playing in close proximity to a road, then a careless action can have devastating consequences.
Protecting Our Children From Harm
As a parent, we wish to watch over our children at all times, protecting them from harm. We teach them safety habits to keep them safe when we are not with them. Listed below are safety tips for walking on the road to help keep your children safe.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
• A green light does not mean that it is absolutely safe to cross the road. Always use caution while crossing a street. Stop and scan the intersection for vehicles making a right turn at a red light or cars that disregard a red signal.
• A cross walk is not always safe. Drivers are required to stop at cross walks when there are pedestrians waiting to cross. However, because not every driver follows traffic rules, wait for vehicles to come to a full stop before stepping onto a cross walk. Look left-right-left to check for any incoming vehicles.
• Just because you can see the driver of an incoming vehicle, it does not mean that he or she can also see you. Children, being small, can easily be missed by drivers who are not paying much attention on what is ahead or by drivers of large vehicles. Be extremely cautious when walking in front of or behind vehicles.
• Wearing bright colors at night does not ensure that drivers will be able to see you in the dark. Avoid walking on the road at night. If you must be a nighttime pedestrian on the road, carry a flashlight while walking on the road or wear retro-reflective clothing. Walk on the left side of the road so that you can see the incoming traffic.
• Never run across the street while trying to beat the traffic. Running or darting across a street is extremely dangerous. A driver may become confused and fail to take evasive action when a child suddenly darts ahead, resulting in a catastrophic situation.
Injured by a Negligent Driver
If your child has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact an experienced St. Louis traffic accident lawyer. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.