Roadway safety is something that individuals of any age can improve upon, but teaching your loved ones the safest way to cross the street from an early age is crucial. Many kids grow up with parents and tv shows saying that they should "look both ways before crossing the street," but it's not common for families to explain the importance of using designated crosswalks as well. Read on to learn more about why this is a key component in keeping your child safe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly one-fourth of children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. While these statistics don't explain the circumstances of these crashes, they highlight the importance of teaching children the dangers of playing in or near the street. It’s equally important for parents and guardians to explain why using the crosswalk can be a valuable tool for many reasons.
Colorado law states that pedestrians have the right-of-way when in a crosswalk or intersection without traffic control signals. Although many children may not thoroughly understand laws or the legalities behind them, they can learn why it's designed for their safety.
You can do this by going on walks as a family and having them identify the stoplight (if one is present), crosswalk, and the "Walk" or "Don't Walk" signals that may be shown. Once they have this information down, you can explain where and when they should be crossing and why it’s crucial to do so. Try this technique each time you go on walks or ride bikes to help it become second nature.
When young children can easily identify the areas they are supposed to be crossing at and the importance of doing so, it not only makes them more aware of their surroundings but helps them think twice about running into the street.
Every parent has the primary goal of keeping their child safe and never expects the worst-case scenario to occur. However, this is unfortunately common, and hundreds of children are injured as pedestrians or cyclists each year. If this happens to your family, know that you have the right to seek justice for even the youngest members.
To discuss your legal options with a skilled Colorado attorney, call (303) 622-3876 to speak with a member of the Klein Frank, P.C. team.