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How can I keep my children safe from pedestrian accidents?

Child pedestrians are young, inexperienced and they are often inattentive, which can be a recipe for disaster on Rochester's roadways. As such, every parent's duty is to educate his or her children on appropriate safety strategies, and one area that parents should remember to cover is how to stay safe from getting involved in a car accident.

Some of the following advice regarding pedestrian accident avoidance strategies for children might seem obvious to you, but to a child it could take some time for the different ideas to sink in. Therefore, until that happens, children need to be continually reminded of these safety strategies.

First, remind your children to cross the road at street corners and crosswalks, and always obey crosswalks and traffic signals. Second, tell your children to put their smartphones in their pockets before attempting to make a roadway crossing. Third, teach children to look both ways before crossing the road. Fourth, if your child is under the age of 10, do not let him or her cross the road alone.

Other essential advice involves teaching children to make eye contact with drivers at busy intersections. Believe it or not, even though drivers are speeding by us in their automobiles, children can ensure that they are being "seen" by making eye contact. They are less likely to get hit by an attentive motor vehicle driver.

Any time a child is injured in a car versus pedestrian accident it is a tragedy. However, depending how the incident occurred, the child might have a legitimate claim for personal injury damages in court. Although the decision to pursue such claims is a personal one, in some cases it could be a vital way for injured children to obtain money for much-needed medical care.

Source: safekids.org, "Pedestrian Safety," accessed June 19, 2015

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