There is no worse dread than witnessing one’s own child suffer an injury. When it comes to pedestrian accidents, injuries may be fatal all too easily. Continue reading to understand the guidelines for keeping your child safe. For a free legal consultation, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident.
Know the laws for yourself
The first and most critical step is to ensure that you are familiar with pedestrian regulations. You must not only know the rules in order to teach them to your child, but you must also model them. You can only accomplish this if you completely comprehend them.
Keep to the sidewalks
If a sidewalk is available, it is always a good idea to use it. If the street you’re on doesn’t have a sidewalk, look for one that does. If your child must walk on a roadway without a sidewalk, instruct them to go as far to the left as possible, facing oncoming traffic.
Before crossing the street, look both ways – and then some
Telling your kids to look both ways before crossing the street is practically a cliché at this point, but it’s not enough. They should gaze to the left, then to the right, and then to the left again.
Crosswalks are required
Always cross the street at a crosswalk. Avoid darting out onto the roadway or walking between cars. Pedestrians at crosswalks are considerably more likely to be seen by drivers than pedestrians in the center of the roadway.
Stay away from distractions
Everyone, even children, spends a lot of time gazing at their phones these days. Teach them not to use their phone or other electronic gadget while walking. They should not listen to music since it increases the danger of an accident.
Practicing with your children
The guidelines you follow to cross the street as an adult may appear to be plain sense, but that is only because you’ve followed them for so long. They are spanking new to your children and may be difficult to remember. That’s why it’s a good idea to go for a daily walk with your children and remind them of the rules as you go.
Encourage their friends to participate
If your child’s pals don’t obey the rules, he or she is more inclined to break them as well. The easiest approach to avoid this is to make sure their buddies are aware of the rules by teaching them. Bring everyone together to provide a fun instruction on how to safely walk.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a pedestrian accident, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation at 800-333-0000.