Traffic Safety for Children: Their Vision May Not Be Fully Developed

One of the most critical rules we all must remember about moving in traffic is that the road is meant to be shared amongst everyone. While there may be many irritations that we have to deal with, not to mention inconveniences, as we try to get to our destinations on time, the priority is staying focused behind the wheel, and safe. The task at hand—driving—requires 100 percent of our attention over everything else.

Most of us are suffering from one condition or another—even if that just involves trying to shake off the work stress of the day. As travelers, we may be young, or old, or in between, but in sharing the road, we must be educated on traffic rules and understand them and follow them. It is important to keep in mind, however, that some people may be in different stages of life, or more vulnerable in traffic, and we should work even harder to protect them too.

Obviously, senior citizens may be having more trouble crossing the road sometimes due to trouble with mobility, or they may pause longer at a red light or an intersection, as their hearing or eyesight may not be as good as it once was—but still sufficient to allow them to travel alone. All of us will reach that point someday. But on the flipside, children may also not be completely developed, and this can lead to hesitation or errors in judgment while near traffic areas. Often, while younger children may seem responsible enough to walk or cross in traffic, their eyesight still may not be as keen as yours as their bodies are still developing. They also may not be able to handle all the stimulation coming at them, and this can cause challenges at crosswalk areas or as they travel on bicycles.

As a motorist, you may find yourself often traveling through school zones. Speed limits are set at an extremely low rate in these areas for obvious reasons, and there may be crowds of children around at the beginning of the day and in the afternoons. Kids may be traveling on foot, on bicycles, or waiting to get into cars, but the bottom line is they may not have a total grasp on what it means to navigate through traffic.

If your child is traveling to and from school alone, or waits at a bus stop each day, or even just in a car line make sure they understand the hazards of traffic, are dressed visibly and are knowledgeable about traffic rules and road signs.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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