With the summer holidays arriving (and already here for some) it is getting to a time of year where the School runs are over and it’s time to take your loved ones out for walks, day trips and lots of exiting activities. With so much outdoor fun available, it is important to stop for a moment and ensure you remember to keep yourself and your family safe over the summer.
As serious injury solicitors, we receive high volumes of road traffic accident claims every day. We receive just as many claims from people injured at the roadside as a pedestrian as we do people injured while at the wheel or as a passenger. With many more children out and about as passengers in cars and as pedestrians this summer, make sure both you and your children avoid any unwanted incidents and have a long, hot, happy summer.
Summer Safety, top tips
- 1. Follow the Green Cross Code – to the letter!
The easiest and possibly the best way of avoiding any injuries as a pedestrian, especially when walking with children, is to obey the green cross code. Crossing at zebra or pelican crossings and using the stop, look and listen technique can reduce any risks to an absolute minimum.
- 2. Keep yourself on the road side
It may seem like common sense, but many road traffic accidents we deal with include cars coming onto the curb. When walking with your child it is in their best interests to make sure they walk away from the road. Children seem to enjoy balancing on the edge of the pavement. It’s important to teach the dangers of this as falling into the road from doing this could end catastrophically!
- 3. Playing in the street
You won’t always be with your child during the summer. Sometimes they may be just outside enjoying some playtime with friends. If you live on a road with cars coming through, be it a quiet cul-de-sac or a main road, make sure your loved one knows not to play in the road and stick to the pavement. When playing ball games, make sure they know not to chase after a ball that ventures into the road and to retrieve it by using their green cross code.
Stay safe, and enjoy
Ensuring the knowledge that the road isn’t a playground is the best way to make sure your loved ones are secure during the holidays. Unfortunately many claims from road traffic accidents include pedestrians and a percentage of those include serious injury claims involving children.
Serious injury cases we’ve dealt with previously involving parents and children during summer include:
- Spinal injuries
- Spinal compressions
- Dislocated vertebrae
- Spinal penetration
- Hyperextension & Hyperflexion
- Brain injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Frontal lobe damage
- Diffuse axonal
- Fatalities as a result of reckless driving
- Head on collisions
- Rear end collisions
- Failing to pay attention
Prevention of these types of injuries does work two ways. It requires vigilance from both driver and pedestrian or driver and fellow driver. You may not be able to change the behaviour of another person but by taking your own safeguarding steps you can limit any potential problems while enjoying a packed summer schedule.
While we do provide the very best help for making a claim and ensuring all medical costs at the time and in future will keep you safe and secure, we’re sure you’d much prefer a relaxing, stress free summer enjoying some quality time with your little ones.
If you or a family member have suffered from a serious injury, be it a road traffic accident or other, make sure you do get in touch with us on 0800 092 2896 or use our contact form here.