It’s springtime, so this means more people are out and about on the roads and sidewalks. It’s important that we keep our eyes out for pedestrians, this especially goes for children. Children are more curious and have more energy, by nature, so they could dart out in the street without warning. No one wants to injure a person, so let’s protect our children and keep them safe. It is very important to watch over them and prevent them from running into the streets. This will help decrease the number of car accidents and wrongful death cases that involve children.
Teaching children road safety
In order to help keep our children safe, we need to teach them about road safety. We should teach them to cross the streets only at the pedestrian crossing lanes and how to read traffic signs. Tell them when they cross the street, they need to make sure they look left, right and left again. Also, if you’re with your child, it’s a good idea to hold their hand. Above all, never allow your kids, especially those under the age of 10, to cross streets alone. Motorists can help, too. Drivers should be cautious and aware of their surroundings while drive on the road. Keep a lookout for children, especially if you’re driving near a school or a residential neighborhood. Below we have listed a few statistics about car accidents. If everyone does their part to protect our children and other pedestrians, we will reduce the number of accidents.
- Getting hit by a car is the third leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 9.
- In 2010, nearly one in five children between the ages of 5 and 9 were killed in traffic crashes.
- Higher vehicle speeds tend to increase both the possibility of a pedestrian being hit by a car and the severity of injury.
- Pedestrian deaths mostly happen in urban areas, non-intersection locations and at night.
- In 2007, around 2,000 children were injured by vehicles that backed over them and 99 children died.
Unfortunately, child accidents happen more than one would like. For example, an accident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 near the intersection of 25th and Madison Street in Louisville. According to police, a boy ran out into the street and was hit by a car. The 3-year-old boy was injured and taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital. Fortunately, his injuries were not life threatening.
We’re glad that the boy wasn’t critically injured, and we hope for a fast recovery.
What should I do if my child is in an accident?
If you or your child is ever in an accident, here's what you should do:
- Call 9-1-1 to report the accident, even if the accident wasn't your fault. Also, if you think an ambulance in needed, make sure that you request one.
- If you can safely leave your car, exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident. Get their name, address, insurance, make and model of the cars, etc. When the police officer arrives, they will also get everyone's information and file an accident report.
- Go see a doctor immediately after your accident. You may think you're alright, but some injuries aren't noticeable right away. The longer you wait to get treated, the longer it will take for you to heal. The gap or the time in-between the accident and your doctor's visit can also affect your case if you decide to take legal action.