Does your child walk to school? This time of year many parents are figuring out school transportation schedules for their children. Regardless of if your child is walking to school from home, or walking to and from the school bus, teaching them pedestrian safety can be a life-saving skill.
Nearly 60 children are hit by cars every day in the U.S. Close to 500 pedestrians ages 19 and younger die from being hit by a car every year; 47% of those are ages 15-19. Using caution while walking along busy roads is crucial not just for the young children, but for teenagers as well.
The National Safety Council recommends the following pedestrian safety tips:
- Do not walk while texting or talking on a cell phone-if you need to text, stop, step towards the side out of the way for other pedestrians to pass
- Do not wear headphones while walking
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Always use the sidewalk, do not walk in the road alongside motor vehicles
- Cross at crosswalks
- Age-old truism: look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
Unfortunately children that are alert and following pedestrian safety techniques are still injured by motor vehicles. If your child has been hit by a vehicle, please contact The Gilbert Law Group® to discuss your case. The Gilbert Law Group has decades of experience representing clients involved in motor vehicle accidents. We house a team of nationally renowned investigators, engineers and attorneys located in the Denver, Colorado, and serve clients nationwide.
You can reach one of our experienced attorneys at (303) 431-1111, all initial consultations are free.