Child Safety: Understand Why Kids Are at a Greater Risk of Being Hit by Cars

We depend on road travel for so much. Most of us have a drive to work each day—which sometimes means commuting a considerable number of miles, dropping kids off and picking them back up, and often heading to events in the afternoons and evenings also. Sadly, it is not uncommon to see that at least one accident has happened as you travel along your way—and perhaps even more. With so many distracted drivers on the road and thousands of collisions occurring each day, safety is more important than ever.

While adults must fend for themselves with defensive driving and a sense of vigilance while in traffic, children are another story altogether. Due to their smaller size and weight, children are more vulnerable than adults when involved in car accidents, although proper seating can eliminate danger significantly, as well as requiring that children 12 and under ride in the back. Statistics show motor vehicle accidents are the number one reason for deaths in children up to the age of 19. They can also be hit by cars too while acting as pedestrians, or just outside playing; in fact, kids just chasing a ball across the street is a common scenario for being struck by a car near home. Driveway incidents can be an unfortunate source of child injuries and fatalities also as parents back out of a garage or driveway without realizing the children are outside and in the path of the car.

According to the National Safety Council, extra caution should always be taken near a school. This is a common area for injuries to occur due to children going into school or exiting in the afternoons in heavy traffic areas which may include distracted and speeding drivers, as well as school buses that may not see children. You can help with traffic safety near schools by being cautious and driving slowly through traffic zones, being careful at crosswalks, and watching your speed—waiting to pass when you are in less congested areas. Make sure your children understand about the dangers of being near moving vehicles, and that they are educated about traffic rules.

If you or your child have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of others, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.