Regardless of how old your children are, it’s important to teach them the necessary skills for walking to and from school safely. Walking is a healthy alternative to driving, which sets the stage for an active lifestyle. Because children lack the decision making capacity of an adult, are more easily distracted, and may not be able to accurately judge risk or distance which makes, children vulnerable to traffic related, pedestrian injuries. If any member of your family falls victim to a pedestrian related accident, consult with a Las Vegas personal accident attorney as quickly as possible.
Here are some pedestrian safety tips to help prepare your kids, and help them arrive to school safely.
- Sooner is better. Begin teaching your kids pedestrian safety as soon as they can walk, holding hands, engaging in dialogue about crosswalks, and the importance of looking both ways before crossing.
- Be a good role model. Lead by example; model the exact behavior you expect from your children.
- The rule of 10. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are more likely to gain the cognitive skills required to safely navigate traffic after age 10, although this age can vary between children.
- Walk with a friend. Children tend to be more visible in groups, so encourage your child to walk with others whenever possible.
- Stick to your route. Choose the safest route, and practice it frequently, pointing out where to cross, and any potential hazards.
- Stow electronics. Cell phones, iPods, and other devices should be put away for the duration of the walk, and headphones removed, to increase awareness and reduce distractions.
- Be alert. Pedestrians should remain vigilant at all times, watching for traffic signals, looking both ways before crossing, and establishing eye contact with drivers before progressing in to the intersection.
Children who ride the school bus are also at risk, and should be taught to follow a few simple rules for getting on and off the bus safely.
- Be early. Running for the bus increases the risk for injury; always arrive five minutes early to the bus stop.
- Stand back. Stand back from the road while waiting for the bus to arrive, and wait for it to come to a complete stop.
- Be seen. If you’re close enough to touch the bus, the driver can’t see you.
- Watch the driver. If children need to cross the street to board the bus, have them wait until it comes to a complete stop, wait for the driver to alert them it’s safe to cross, and look both ways before proceeding.
- Hold the handrail. Teach children to use the safety rail, and avoid pushing or shoving while boarding.
Las Vegas personal accident attorney
Every day in the United States, over 400 people are treated in emergency rooms for traffic related pedestrian injuries. If you or your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, call a Las Vegas personal accident attorney right away, to discuss your injury claim. Call GGRM at 702-388-GGRM (4476), and schedule your free consultation.