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Negligent drivers, children and traffic accidents

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Every day, children across the country are at risk of suffering injuries due to the actions of negligent drivers. Whether it is speeding through school zones, running red lights or simply not paying attention, these careless behaviors can have devastating consequences for young lives.

It is important for parents, caregivers, drivers and communities to be aware of the risks that kids face near traffic.

Speeding and running red lights

One of the most common causes of injuries to children by negligent drivers is speeding. When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to react to unexpected situations, such as a child running into the street. The impact of a speeding vehicle on a child can be catastrophic, leading to serious injuries or even death. It is important for drivers to always obey posted speed limits, especially in residential areas and near schools and playgrounds.

Another dangerous behavior exhibited by negligent drivers is running red lights. Ignoring traffic signals puts everyone on the road at risk, but children are particularly vulnerable. When drivers run red lights, they increase the likelihood of collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians, including children crossing the street.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a growing concern when it comes to child safety. Texting, talking on the phone and adjusting the radio can take a driver’s attention away from the road. Children may not always be visible to distracted drivers, making it key for adults to model safe driving behaviors and avoid distractions behind the wheel. Tragically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving accidents claimed more than 3,300 lives throughout 2022.

By raising awareness of the dangers posed by negligent drivers and taking proactive steps to prevent accidents, people can create a safer environment for children to grow and thrive.