How To Prevent Child Pedestrian Accidents When Crossing the Street
Since 1991, I have helped thousands of injured people as a DFW personal injury lawyer. But drivers aren't the only people at risk of being seriously hurt in auto accidents, as pedestrians can also suffer life-threatening injuries, even in seemingly safe places such as parking lots. Children are particularly at risk from being injured as a pedestrian, whether they are walking home from school or simply crossing the street during oncoming traffic. At least 30% of all pedestrian accidents involve children under the age of 15. What is even more shocking is that 45% of all pedestrian fatalities involving children under the age of 16 were killed between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. This is the time when children are coming home from school and playing outside in their own neighborhoods - where they should be the safest. Most of the injuries to toddlers and preschoolers are considered "non-traffic", meaning the accidents occur in places like driveways and parking lots, rather than public roadways. In fact, nearly half of all pedestrian accidents reported occur when a vehicle is backing out of the driveway.
To keep children safe, Congress enacted the Cameron Gulbransen Act that directs the Unites States Department of Transportation to adopt new safety standards that will lead to the design and development of safer cars with fewer blind spots. We are already used to many of these features which are now considered standard in all vehicles. As a parent, you can also help protect your child by supervising them when crossing the road or playing on the street outside their house.
Most child pedestrian accidents are preventable. Parents need to set limitations as to what times the children can play outside, so they are not in the middle of the street during a busy traffic hour. Teach you kids about the safest ways to cross the street, and make sure children are aware of the dangers involved when playing near a busy roadway.
If your child was hurt in this type of pedestrian accident, whether it was crossing the street or playing outside, get the justice your family deserves. Call the child injury attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm today for a free consultation. Call Fort Worth 817-294-1900 or Dallas 214-327-8000.
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