No matter if your kids are walking to school, a friends house or to the park safety is always a concern. Of course teaching your children from an early age about road safety is vital it’s also important to continue teaching safety all throughout their lives. Making it a daily habit for you teaches them by example. Here are a few simple tips to make sure they always get there safely.
Pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are at greatest risk with a death rate twice that of younger children. Teenagers now account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. Distractions such as headphones, other teenagers and daydreaming can all be fatal to pedestrians.
- Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Although this is not always possible with both parents working. It can be hard for a child under 10 to judge speed and distance of cars.
- Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
- Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Watch out of cars that are turning or backing up.
Let Your Actions Speak As Loud As Your Words
Set a good example by putting down your own devices when you are driving or walking around cars. If we show them by example they will more likely do the same.
If you find you or your child the victim of a car/pedestrian accident you may have a case. Contact The Horwitz Law Group for a free consultation at 312-641-9200