Orange County Pedestrian Safety: Child safety tips
Summertime is a great time for children to play outdoors, bicycle, skateboard, or just hangout. Unfortunately, when children play near streets they risk becoming victims of pedestrian accidents.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, 306 children were fatally injured in pedestrian accidents in 2007. Children don’t have the skills to accurately judge the speed, distance and size of on-coming vehicles, and their small size makes children hard to see. For these reasons, children are especially vulnerable to cars.
It is never too early to teach your child about traffic safety. You can be an example. As you cross the street, talk about waiting for the walk light and looking both ways. Show your child that it is ok to let a vehicle pass and wait for the next light. Go over street safety at the start of every school year and again during vacation. These safety tips are provided by the NHTSA.
• Children under the age of ten should always be supervised when walking or playing near traffic.
• Tell your child to ask for help from an adult if a toy rolls into the street. Tell them to never go after the toy themselves.
• Before crossing, look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for moving cars.
• Cross at crosswalks, green lights or walk lights, but don’t assume that crossing is safe. Always look for on-coming traffic.
• Cross when it is clear, but keep looking for traffic as you cross.
• If there are no crosswalks, cross only at the corner or intersection.
• If cars are parked near the crosswalk, stop at the edge of the parked cars and look for traffic again.
• Walk, never run, into the street.
• Always look for cars when crossing a driveway, alley or entrance to a parking lot.
• Never wear an MP3 player or other audio device when walking or playing near traffic.
• Pay attention! Look for signs that a car is about to move. These include rear lights, exhaust smoke, motor sounds and turning wheels.
• Be seen! Wear bright colors. At night, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
If your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Orange County personal injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie. Our accident lawyers have been helping pedestrian accident victims since 1974. We will do our very best to protect your rights and ensure that you are also fully compensated for your child’s injuries.Call us at 1-866-981-5596.