As a parent, you try and keep your child safe from risks whenever possible. Unfortunately, some risks are unavoidable, and children who walk from place to place or even just play outside are at some risk of involvement in a pedestrian accident. Because children tend to be smaller than adults, they are often harder to see for drivers. In addition, children tend to behave in less predictable ways than adults and may run out into the street without any warning. Fortunately, as a parent, there are certain things you can do to reduce your child’s risk of involvement in a traffic accident. These include the following:
- If your child walks to and from school each day, choose a route that minimizes having to cross the street and avoids high-traffic areas
- Make sure that your child wears bright colors whenever he or she is walking from place to place or playing outside
- Go over basic safety rules with your child – always look left, right, left before crossing, do not chase balls into the street, no running or roughhousing while walking, and always cross at crosswalks, for example
- If you child’s schedule requires him or her to walk at night or during dusk or dawn, make sure that he or she walks with a flashlight or another illuminated device
What Should I Do if My Child is Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
Unfortunately, accidents can happen even to the most careful of people. If you child is involved in a pedestrian accident, you should have your case reviewed by an attorney as soon as you can. If you can establish that the driver that caused your child’s accident was at-fault, your child may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Some examples of the kinds of conduct that would make a driver legally at-fault for an accident include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Impaired driving
- Ignoring school bus stop signs
There are many other ways that a driver could negligently cause a car accident. The best way to determine whether your child is entitled to compensation is to have an attorney review your case. At the Khayoumi Law Firm, we will review your case at no charge and let you know whether you have a legal claim to pursue.
Contact an Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you or your child has been injured by the carelessness of a driver, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with an Albuquerque car accident lawyer, call Salim A. Khayoumi today at 505-333-8613 or send us an email through our online contact form.