As parents, it is our duty to ensure that our children are safe. Part of
this is to teach our kids how to safely walk on sidewalks, cross streets
at crosswalks, and look both ways for oncoming traffic. This is important
no matter where you live, but it is especially critical in urban areas
with lots of traffic. With speeding cars, stop-and-go buses, bike lanes,
and one-way streets, city traffic can present several potential dangers
Here are some ways that you can teach your children safe walking practices:
Show kids where to walk. Show children that they must always walk on the sidewalk and never in
the street. If there is no sidewalk available and you must walk in the
street, always walk against the flow of traffic so that you can see oncoming
vehicles. It is also important to teach your children never to walk in
between parked cars. If they can’t see a car coming toward them,
the driver probably won’t see them either if they dart out from
a line of parked cars.
Teach kids basic pedestrian responsibilities. Pedestrians are required to abide by certain rules just like drivers.
In order to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident, distractions
like listening to music, texting, or talking on a cell phone should be
kept to a minimum. These distractions could make the pedestrian less likely
to hear and react to their environments.
Explain how to cross streets safely. When crossing the street, always use the designated crosswalk –
never cross in the middle of the road or between parked cars. This is
called jaywalking, and it is extremely unsafe.
Show kids how to look. Teach your children never to assume that a driver will see them or stop,
even at a crosswalk when you have the signal. Always look both ways for
approaching drivers who may be trying to speed through a yellow or red
light. Also, teach your kids to be cautious around driveways, as cars
may be pulling in or backing out.
Be a good example. If you take things seriously, your children will too. Resist the temptation
to break any of the safety rules that you have explained to them.
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately very common in Florida, which has the highest number
of fatalities in the country. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident
or have lost a loved one due to a driver’s carelessness, Kelley/Uustal
may be able to help you pursue just compensation for your losses. We have
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feel confident that our seasoned attorneys know what it takes to fight
for maximum compensation.
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