Keeping Kids Safe: Preventing Washington, D.C. Pedestrian Accidents in School-Aged Children

As beautiful spring weather descends on the Capital District, our youngsters are hitting the sidewalks to walk to school and play with their friends. While we would like to be with them every step of the way every day, there is simply no way that we can personally protect them from every danger they will face out in the real world.

What we can do, however, is teach them to be safe pedestrians. As Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland pedestrian accident attorneys, we hear far too often about young children who have been hurt in accidents involving cars.

Children are especially prone to the dangers of the road. Without a basic understanding of the physics of motor vehicles—such as stopping distance, speed, and how far approaching cars may be—children often overestimate a driver’s ability to avoid them, and therefore do not understand the caution needed when walking across or near a busy street.

The most common Virginia pedestrian accident injuries involving children include vehicles that were in reverse, at crosswalks, and in parking lots, so here are a few tips to keeping your own children traffic-savvy and safe:

  • Teach children to look both ways before crossing the street, in the left-right-left pattern.
  • Explain pedestrian basics—like walking against traffic—to your children.
  • Stress the importance of pedestrian safety by setting a good example yourself as both a pedestrian and driver.

While it is our duty as parents to teach our children to be safe around cars and traffic, it is also the duty of drivers to be vigilant for pedestrians, both young and old. If your child was injured in a major or minor Washington, D.C. pedestrian accident, call the injury attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins today at 202.296.0666 for a free consultation today.