Parents want to protect their children from harm; however, parents cannot be with their children every second of the day while they are at school. Because of this, parents need to make sure they teach their children how to walk to and from school safely and how to behave properly around moving motor vehicles.
Sadly, many child-related pedestrian accidents in Florida occur every year because a child ran into the street after a bouncing ball or because a driver was negligent and was speeding or ran a stop sign.
Parents cannot prevent every accident from occurring, but they can talk to their children about these five tips:
- Children should learn to look both ways before crossing the street
- Small children should always have an adult with them when crossing the street or make sure a cross walk attendant is present to monitor traffic
- Children need to move out of the way of moving vehicles
- Children should only cross the street in a crosswalk
- Children should never run out into the street after a ball or other toy before looking for cars
It is important that parents teach their children about how to walk on sidewalks safely and how to cross the street safely. When children understand just how dangerous moving motor vehicles can be, they may think twice before doing something dangerous.
Unfortunately, even the safest child may still get injured in a pedestrian accident due to a reckless driver. If your child was injured in a South Florida pedestrian accident, call the Mallard Law Firm at (888) 409-3805 to talk with a knowledgeable Sarasota personal injury lawyer in a free discussion of your case today. You can also request a complimentary copy of our book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After an Auto, Truck or Bicycle Accident.