How to Keep Your Family Safe While Pedestrian Fatalities in Alabama and Across the Country Continue to Climb
ALABAMA- Apalachtimes.com writes that as pedestrian death rates have gone up across the country, they have proven to be rising faster in Alabama than the national average. Alabama had the highest increase in per capita pedestrian fatalities out of every state in the country.*
Of course, there are laws in place to protect pedestrians from vehicle traffic. Part of the burden of staying safe is on pedestrians. This can be difficult when it comes to some of the youngest people traveling on foot.
Everyone knows to look both ways before crossing the street. We start telling our children this rule as soon as they are able to walk. Studies, however, have indicated that children are at a higher risk of being involved in pedestrian accidents. Up until at least the age of ten, children are poor judges of the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles. This puts them at risk of being hit by a car.
Older children and teens are also at risk and technology certainly does not help. Many pedestrians involved in crashes were looking at their phone screens while crossing the road or were talking on the phone. Headphones are also an issue as they block the noise of oncoming vehicles and can prevent a person from hearing warnings.
Parents concerned about their children’s safety should have candid talks with their kids about how to best stay safe while walking. Of course, it is also important not to send children on walks alone if they are too young to understand how to protect themselves and how to behave near the road or when crossing the street.
While drivers may be held responsible even when an inattentive pedestrian is hurt, it is better to avoid the accident altogether. Learn more about our public safety campaign, Help Keep Kids Safe.
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