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Pedestrian Safety Tips for Children
East Haven, Connecticut police were dispatched on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a minor pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers learned that the child darted out into traffic between two parked vehicles. The incident occurred at Main Street between Pardee Place and Gerrish Avenue close to 4 p.m. The victim, a 13-year-old boy, was hit by a vehicle and transported to the hospital with serious injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening. The driver stayed at the scene and was not blamed for the accident since witnesses stated the child ran out into the street. Pedestrian accidents happen all too often throughout Connecticut.
Here are some pedestrian safety tips to share with your children.
Never Walk While Distracted
Distractions are not just deadly for drivers. They can also be deadly for pedestrians. It’s bad enough that adults wander around staring at their phones or tablets. Kids are beginning to do it too, even while out for a walk. Never walk while distracted, especially if you are about to cross the street. You need to look all around you to monitor vehicles headed in your direction so you can react at a moment’s notice. There are 40 kids hit by cars every single day in the United States. Don’t become a statistic.
Jaywalking is not only dangerous, it’s also illegal in most cities. Pedestrians are required to cross the street only at crosswalks or at the corner. You should never cross the street in the middle of the block, from in between parked cars, or in between vehicles stopped at an intersection. Jaywalking removes you from the view of other drivers, making it more difficult for them to react when they see you at the last minute.
Wear Bright Colored Clothing
If you must go out for a walk at night, make sure you wear bright clothing. Dark clothes will only make it more difficult for drivers to see you, even if you are standing at a crosswalk. Not all streets are well lit, which means walking at night can be very dangerous. Bright clothing will help drivers spot you from a distance far enough away that they will be able to avoid hitting you.
Don’t Walk in the Street
There’s no reason to walk in the street, ever. Even if there is no sidewalk where you are walking, you should never walk in the street. Walk on the grass or as close to a building as possible. Walking in the street makes it difficult for drivers to go around you and can easily lead to an accident involving multiple cars and you.
Always Obey Traffic Laws
You should always obey the traffic laws when out for a walk or run. Cross only at a marked intersection, in a crosswalk, and with the light. Do not cross against a red light, even if there are no cars approaching. Wait for the walk symbol to activate before stepping out into the street. When waiting for the light to change, be sure to wait on the curb and not in the street.
Take Legal Action If You Have Been Injured as a Pedestrian
If your child has been injured in a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident, it is in his or her best interest to be protected legally. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio in Waterbury, Connecticut at (203) 573-0019 to schedule a consultation.