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What should I teach my children
about pedestrian safety?

A: The two most successful ways of preventing child pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities are supervising your younger children at all times and teaching your older children the basics of pedestrian safety. What should your kids know about pedestrian safety and accident prevention before they begin walking to school and crossing streets on their own? Here are just a few of the most important rules:

  • Look left, then right, then again while crossing the street. Continue to look for approaching cars as you make your way to the other side. 
  • Before you cross in front of a stopped car, make eye contact with the driver to make certain that they see you walking in front of their vehicle. 
  • Always cross at a marked crosswalk. If there is not a marked crosswalk in the area, cross at a street corner where the view from the street is not obscured. 
  • Never walk into the street from behind an object, such as a large tree, or emerge from between two parked cars. 
  • Be aware of cars that are backing up out of driveways or parking spots. Be aware of what taillights look like when cars are in reverse.
  • Always walk on sidewalks. If a sidewalk is not available, be sure to walk against traffic and as far to the side of the street as possible. 
  • Ask for permission from your parents before talking off on a walk by yourself or with friends. 
  • Never walk after dark. 
  • Never run across a street.

Do you still have questions about child pedestrian safety in Washington or has a oved one suffered a child pedestrian accident injury? Speak with a Bellevue traffic accident attorney today.