Children face severe risks when struck by cars

| May 6, 2019 | Car Accidents

One of the best things that any parent can do for their kids is to teach them road safety. Kids need to know from a very early age that they are never to go into the street.

However, as much as parents try to do this, it’s not perfect. It’s not going to prevent all accidents. After all, children honestly do not understand the grave danger they face. They don’t fully understand the boundaries that adults see instinctively.

For instance, if a child is walking down the sidewalk and stops to crouch down and look at something in a driveway, he or she doesn’t understand the massive risks if someone backs out of the driveway or pulls in from the street.

These types of incidents happen frequently and in roughly equal numbers. Some studies have found that 49% of injuries come from children being accidentally backed over, while another 49% happen when cars strike them while driving forward. The final 2% are unspecified.

After all, cars have blind spots in the front and the back. Drivers who are in a hurry or distracted by their phones may not check carefully enough. Since kids can walk long before they can think clearly about risks or make safety-conscious decisions, this means that they are in particular danger.

If you’re a parent whose young child has been struck by a car, you’re dealing with an incredibly stressful, emotional situation. The last thing you need is the financial stress of medical bills or even funeral costs. Be sure you understand all of your legal options to seek compensation.