As the end of summer nears, many parents across Maryland and Washington, D.C. are getting ready to ship their kids off to another year of school. For many children, this means walking to and from their school or a bus stop five days a week—unfortunately exposing them to a risk of injury in a pedestrian accident. School-age children are at a particularly high risk of involvement in a pedestrian accident, as their smaller bodies make them more difficult for drivers to spot and they tend to engage in less predictable behavior than adults.
Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to make sure their kids are as safe as possible on their daily commute. Here are some pedestrian safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide that parents should share with their kids before sending them off to school this fall:
- Tell your children to look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street, and instruct them to keep looking until they have safely crossed.
- Tell your kids to put their phones, headphones, and other devices down when they are crossing the street. Parents should be sure to drive this point home with their teenagers.
- Ideally, children should walk on sidewalks or paths and only cross the street at intersections that have crosswalks and traffic signals. If there is no sidewalk, kids should walk against the flow of traffic as far to the left as possible.
- While every child develops at a different pace, children under 10 should generally only cross the street with an adult.
- As a parent, you should be a good role model. Put your phone and other devices away when you are walking around cars.
Unfortunately, Accidents Will Continue to Occur
While sharing these tips with your child will reduce their risk of involvement in a pedestrian accident, there is nothing you can do to eliminate their risk of injury entirely. In the unfortunate event that your child is struck by a car or truck during their commute to or from school, it is important that you do everything you can to protect his or her legal right to recover compensation. Some of the things you should do after a pedestrian accident include the following:
- Call 911 and make sure the police determine whether any traffic violations occurred
- Make sure that your child is evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident
- Obtain the driver’s name and insurance information
- Try and get contact information from anyone that saw the accident happen
- Do NOT accept a settlement offer from the other driver or his or her insurance company
- Retain an attorney as soon as you can
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or your child has been injured in an accident that you believe was preventable, you should speak to an attorney about your options as soon as you can. You may be able to obtain compensation for your accident-related losses, including your medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Maryland, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.