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Kids At Play

May 3, 2013

There is a spring – excuse the pun – in everyone’s step this time of year, especially children. Neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and driveways are full of kids on foot, on bikes, and in strollers eager to play in the warmer weather. It’s no surprise that pedestrian injuries increase in the spring: people spend more time outside and daylight lasts longer.

Pedestrian injuries in neighborhoods include driveway backovers as well as in-street injuries. Children are especially prone. They are small, quick and not equipped to make proper safety decisions.

Pedestrian injuries are the second-leading cause of accidental deaths for U.S. children ages 5 to 14, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. The organization states that in 2009, 244 pedestrian fatalities occurred among children ages 14 and under. Since 2011, an average of more than 15,500 children ages 14 and under were injured as pedestrians each year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most children involved in pedestrian incidents are injured near their homes or on neighborhood streets.

Here are a few safety tips from the NHTSA:

  • Teach young children basic safety principles (look left-right-left for traffic) and model the behavior.
  • Discuss pedestrian safety; point out examples of safe and not-so-safe practices.
  • Actively supervise children at play.
  • Hold a child’s hand when crossing streets, walking along streets with no sidewalks, and also in parking lots.
  • Teach children to walk facing traffic when there is no sidewalk.

Impatient or distracted drivers and roadway defects often play a part in pedestrian injuries. If your child was injured in a pedestrian incident, we suggest you call a qualified and experienced Personal-Injury attorney to discuss the situation.

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One Comment
  1. Great information Mr. Oliveri.

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