This week, three children were injured in two separate pedestrian accidents in West Palm Beach. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening, but child pedestrian accidents can be deadly. One out of every five Florida child traffic accident fatalities is the result of a pedestrian-car accident.
Parents can help prevent West Palm Beach child pedestrian injuries by supervising young children while they are playing outside and by discussing traffic safety with older children. However, Florida drivers must also do their part.
Children do not have the ability to accurately judge distance and speed. Drivers cannot expect children to react to traffic the same way as adults. Florida drivers have a duty to drive carefully in areas where children walk and play.
Here are five tips from West Palm Beach auto accident attorney David Glatthorn that may help you prevent a Florida child pedestrian accident:
- Be aware of your surroundings. While you drive, scan the sides of the road for potential hazards, including children who may dart into traffic.
- Don't expect children to follow the rules of the road. Many children don't know the basics of traffic safety and won't react as expected. Children may run into the road after a toy or cross when they don't have the right of way. If you see children near the road while driving, be prepared to stop unexpectedly.
- Obey the speed limit. Many Florida child pedestrian accidents occur because the driver is speeding and isn't able to stop when a child enters the roadway. Slow down if you are in a school zone, near a park, in a parking lot, or in a residential area where children play.
- Watch for children. Most child pedestrian accidents occur when the child is going to or coming from school, so pay particular attention in the morning and early afternoon, especially if visibility is low.
- Be careful when backing out of driveways and parking spaces. Child pedestrian accidents often occur because a driver cannot see a child behind his vehicle. Be aware of your car's blind spots and check the area for children before getting in your car.
Has your child been injured in a Palm Beach County pedestrian accident? You may be eligible for insurance compensation for your child's medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact West Palm Beach auto accident attorney David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620 to discuss your claim. The initial consultation is free.
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