We as parents need to take a proactive approach and make sure our children know how to be safe when walking to school.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
October is International Walk to School Month, with International Walk to School Day occurring on the 3rd, and the Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell are reminding all students and parents to practice safety when walking to school this month and year round.
The observance first came to be back in 1997 when the Partnership for a Walkable America held the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, Illinois, according to the event website walktoschool.org.* Since then the event has grown into a whole month observance that is celebrated in more than 40 countries across the globe.
Accidents involving pedestrians are a serious problem in the United States. In 2009, there were more than 4,000 deaths and approximately 59,000 injuries associated with pedestrian accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).** Even more tragic is the fact that nearly 300 children under the age of 16 were killed and another 15,000 were injured in pedestrian accidents.** There were more people injured in these accidents between the ages of 10 and 15 than any other age group, according to the NHTSA data.**
Pennsylvania pedestrian accident lawye r Richard P. Console, Jr. has seen the impacts these horrible accidents can have on a family’s life and he urges all parents to make sure their children are walking safe when travelling to school.
“The fact of the matter is that despite strict pedestrian laws in Pennsylvania, kids are still getting hurt or killed,” Console said. “We as parents need to take a proactive approach and make sure our children know how to be safe when walking to school.”
Console provided the following safety tips for children who are walking to school:
- Always walk on a sidewalk or path opposite the direction of the cars
- Only cross the road where there is a crossing guard or crosswalk, and follow the traffic signals
- Do not fool around with friends while walking to school—no pushing, shoving, or any actions that could unintentionally knock someone into traffic.
- Remember to always look left, right, then left again before crossing, even if you have the light
With added safety measures and awareness you can help prevent these tragic accidents.
At Console & Hollawell, our auto accident attorneys in Philadelphia work tirelessly to see that victims are fully compensated for their injuries and that the responsible parties are held responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, call us today at (800) 455-2746 and we will assist you.