Five Year Old Boy Survives Being Hit by Car
Recently, a five year old boy was hit by a car in Brooklyn, New York and miraculously survived, according to ABC 7. The terrifying incident was caught on surveillance video. The young boy was walking down the street in Sunset Park carrying his stuffed animal when a car suddenly jumped the curb. It knocked over a small tree then ran directly over the child. His grandmother was just a few feet away at the time but could do nothing to stop the vehicle. Fortunately, the child ended up between the tires and only suffered minor injuries. He was transported to the hospital and later released. It was an amazing outcome after an accident that in all likelihood could have resulted in tragedy. The driver of the run-away vehicle has not yet been charged.
Ensuring Child Pedestrians Stay Safe
According to SafeKids.org, pedestrian accidents are the fifth leading cause of injury and death in the United States for children between the ages of five and nineteen. In recent years, the number of teen related pedestrian fatalities has risen. Teens now account for half of all fatal pedestrian accidents and have death rates twice that of younger children.
The following is a look at some tips, among others, to help keep your children safe while walking:
- Talk to your children about safety while walking. Inform them as to basic safety rules like walking only on the sidewalk whenever possible, holding an adult's hand while crossing, crossing only at crosswalks, using traffic signals, and making themselves visible.
- Teach even the youngest children to look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.
- Stress to teens the importance of paying attention while walking, which means stowing electronic devices and taking out ear buds.
- Children under the age of 10 should not be allowed to cross the street without an adult. Developmentally, it can be difficult for children under the age of 10 to judge the speed and distance of approaching cars.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers that may approach before crossing the street so as to ensure drivers see the crossing child.
- Instruct children to watch out for cars backing out or turning.
- When driving, be alert and vigilant in residential neighborhoods and school zones as children may be walking, biking, or running and could step into the street unexpectedly.
- Closely monitor toddlers and other young children that are small enough where cars would not likely see them.
If your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, consult with a pedestrian accident attorney early on to protect your child's legal rights and preserve evidence.
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