Tips to Increase Your Child’s Pedestrian Safety

Many of us have raised our little ones in the Five Boroughs, and assume they are pro’s when it comes to navigating city streets. But the fact is the number of children injured and killed on New York Streets is growing at an alarming rate:

New York City drivers have killed at least nine children in traffic crashes so far this year, according to analysis by Transportation Alternatives. In less than six months, drivers have already killed the same number of children killed in traffic in all of last year. –Transportation Alternatives

Why are children especially vulnerable when it comes to pedestrian knockdowns?

  • They often assume that if they see the driver, the driver will see them.
  • They do not have the ability to judge speed or the distance of vehicles moving toward them.
  • They think cars will stop instantly.
  • They are difficult for drivers to see when they are backing up.
  • Many children and teenagers don’t grasp the dangers of walking while distracted.
  • Many children and teens don’t recognize when they are distracted

Why is it so important to talk to children about pedestrian knockdowns? Injuries associated with pedestrian knockdowns are often serious and/or life threatening. Injuries often associated with pedestrian knockdowns include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Burns
  • Torn ligaments
  • Severe lacerations

So what can you and your child to do avoid being involved in a pedestrian knockdown?

For more than 45 years, our team of injury attorneys have worked with injured individuals and have witnessed first-hand the lasting impacts of pedestrian knockdown injuries. While we can’t control the actions of others, we can stayed informed and provide our families with the knowledge they need to avoid unnecessary harm.  If you or a loved one were injured in a New York or New Jersey pedestrian knockdown accident contact us today.