In 2011, 11,000 American children were injured in pedestrian car accidents. Pedestrian accidents accounted for one-fifth of child car accident fatalities. There are three reasons why child pedestrian are at high risk of injury and death from
Wisconsin pedestrian-car crashes:
- Children are hard to see. They are small and often behave unpredictably.
- Children make unsafe decisions because they have not developed the ability to judge speed and distance.
- Children are unfamiliar with Wisconsin traffic rules.
Every Wisconsin driver has a duty to watch for children. This is especially true near schools and in areas where children play. Our Wausau accident attorneys offer five tips to help drivers prevent Wisconsin pedestrian accidents:
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Pay attention to sides of the road. Watch for hazards, including children who may dart into traffic. Be especially careful when driving in a school zone.
- Watch for children. Child pedestrian accidents usually occur in the late afternoon or early morning, when child are coming from or going to school. Pay extra attention during these times.
- Don’t expect children to follow traffic laws. Children don’t drive. They don’t understand “right of way.” They can’t judge speed or distance. This means children may not react as expected. When you see children near the road, slow down and be prepared to stop unexpectedly.
- Obey the speed limit. Wisconsin child pedestrian accidents often occur because the driver was going too fast to stop when the child entered the road. Slow down, especially if you are driving in a school zone, a parking lot, or in a residential area where children often play.
- Use care when backing out of driveways and parking spaces. Many child pedestrian accidents occur when a driver does not see a child behind his vehicle. Be aware of your car’s blind spot. Always check for children before getting in your vehicle. Double-check before backing out.
If your child has been injured in a Wisconsin pedestrian accident, contact a Wausau car crash attorney. Your child may be eligible for insurance compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering.
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