SAN DIEGO, Cal. – It can be difficult for parents to give their children the freedom to walk to school, the park, or even to a friend’s home. Parents worry about their children when they are out of sight, hoping the worst does not happen.
Unfortunately, for two sets of parents, those fears came to light on Friday. Two boys, aged 12 and 14, were struck by a Toyota RAV4 on Meadowbrook Drive.
According to police, the accident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. The Toyota, driven by a 20-year-old woman, careened onto the sidewalk after the driver attempted a curve at speeds that were too high.
Police report that the driver remained on the scene. The two boys were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries.
While these boys were behaving in a way that should have been safe this accident brings to light the necessity for pedestrians to always be aware of their surroundings, even when obeying the law.
Here are just a few tips that parents should share with their children before letting them walk anywhere on their own:
1. Make Eye Contact
Encourage your children to make eye contact with drivers. No pedestrian should ever assume that a vehicle will stop. Making eye contact ensures that the driver has seen you and, if the driver fails to make eye contact, pedestrians should let the driver pass before proceeding.
2. Keep the Volume Low
Pedestrians of all ages walk with earbuds firmly planted in their ears. If your children must listen to music while they walk, advise them to keep the volume low. Better yet, encourage your children to keep one earbud out.
3. Check Curves
Most children will look both ways before approaching or crossing an intersection. The same care should be taken when approaching a curve in the road. Cases like the one above highlight the need to approach curves with caution.
4. Do Not Rely on Signals
While your children should be taught to obey traffic signals, they should not be taught to rely on them as a sole means of safety. Teach your children to rely on their senses of sight and hearing instead.
5. Stand Clear
Teach your young ones to stand clear of any large obstacles when attempting to cross the street. Standing behind or next to a dumpster, a bus, or even a hedge can inhibit a driver’s view of pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle versus pedestrian accident, contact an injury lawyer immediately. An experienced attorney can fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.