Did you know that every day thousands of children are injured and more than 500 children die in traffic collisions globally? This statistic is saddening, which is why child-related car crash fatalities need to be brought to the attention of traffic safety authorities. Consequently, the week of May 4 – 10 2015, is UN Global Road Safety Week—focusing on saving kids lives.
Not only are kids vulnerable as passengers in cars, but they are most vulnerable as pedestrians. Unfortunately, many drivers of cars fail to look out for children, don’t yield to them, or are driving distracted or drunk. While motorists need to do their part and start driving distraction free and keeping their minds on driving and eyes on the road, traffic experts and decision makers in charge of road safety worldwide can also take action to help protect children on the road.
While Global Road Safety Week features its campaign #SaveKidsLives, our law firm would also like to participate in the theme and outline some ways drivers in Florida can help reduce child car accident injuries and fatalities:
- Drive the speed limit
- Pay attention to reduced speed limits in school zones
- Look out for children pedestrians and yield to them
- Never drink and drive
- Don’t text and drive or participate in other forms of distracted driving
- Make sure your children are fastened securely in the car
In addition to these things, we can also call on our cities, counties and roadway officials to add road bumps to slow traffic around school zones and create or improve pedestrian and bicycle paths as ways to increase road safety for children in Florida.
Whether you are a mom or dad, teacher, or roadway official, we encourage you to sign the declaration to put better road safety in place in order to reduce roadway deaths affecting children. Please spread the word and share this blog with those you know on Facebook or other social media sites.
If your child has been injured in a pedestrian or car accident in South Florida, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable injury attorney in South Florida in a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.