Pedestrian accidents have far-reaching effects. In addition to the immediate pain, victims may not be able to return to work, and they could face exorbitant medical bills. Families often fall into overwhelming debt after pedestrian crashes, and when the victims die, their loved ones must cope with the emotional distress and loss of companionship.
Heartbreakingly, 30 percent of pedestrian deaths involve children who are younger than 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you are a parent, these three tips could save your children’s lives:
- Make sure your kids always walk with a responsible adult;
- Choose safe walking routes;
- And make sure your children wear brightly colored clothing.
If you or your child was injured by a negligent driver in Nevada, contact the Truman Law Firm, PC. Ronald W. Truman is a personal-injury lawyer in Las Vegas who can protect your interests and fight for the maximum settlement on your behalf.
Mr. Truman graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Brigham Young University, and he has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about accident claims in Nevada.
Here are three tips to help your kids avoid pedestrian crashes:
- Make sure your children always walk with a responsible adult.
Young kids do not understand how traffic functions, so they cannot predict the actions of drivers. This is one reason why most child pedestrian victims are younger than 13, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Kids should always walk with a responsible adult who can help them avoid precarious situations. If you are escorting children, be sure to hold their hands – even if they protest.
Use every intersection, crosswalk, and other opportunities to teach them how to be safe pedestrians. Perhaps most important, you should always lead by example.
- Choose safe walking routes.
Not all routes are safe for pedestrians. Avoid roads with heavy traffic, blind turns, and no sidewalks. If your kids walk to and from friends’ houses or school, help them map out the safest routes.
- Make sure your children wear brightly colored clothing.
You cannot expect drivers to be alert at all times. Texting, eating, drinking, and other distractions can draw their attention long enough to cause a tragedy.
As such, you should take proactive steps to help motorists notice your children. Make sure your kids wear brightly colored clothing when walking. They should carry a lit flashlight at night and, if possible, don reflective vests. Walking in groups can also help your children avoid pedestrian accidents.
If you or your child was injured in a pedestrian crash, contact the Truman Law Firm, PC. Mr. Truman is a Las Vegas injury attorney who can investigate your accident, interview witnesses, gather evidence, and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Utah Association for Justice. Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free initial consultation.