“Life Saving” stickers to prevent children’s road accidents?

The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) has recently launched a well received and inexpensive scheme to prevent road accidents involving children using stickers. The simplistic campaign allows people to purchase stickers for a nominal fee and stick them to bins.
Stickers aimed to stop road traffic accidents involving children in Australia

Cheap & efficient

The campaign by the ARSF has encouraged many Australian parents to purchase life sized stickers of children for $10 and then place them on bins in front of their home. A very inexpensive option, the stickers portray children running or playing. With bins usually placed near the roadside (particularly when a collection is due) the scheme aims to remind drivers to take care in residential areas after spotting the easily visible deterrents.

The scheme was organised following a rise in road accidents involving children in 2015, resulting in the deaths of 242 children on Australian roads. This figure is  up from 223 the year before. The chief executive of the ARSF, Russell White, explained that no matter what side of the bin, which side of the road or which direction the stickers were facing, the visual impact would still be there. He said:

“When we look at road safety generally, we look at figures and numbers, but what we often overlook is the human face behind that.”

“The stickers put the human element to the potential situations we can find on the roads we travel each day. It’s the streets around our suburban areas which we are the most familiar with and often the most complacent with.”

road traffic accidents involving children took 242 children in 2015

English rollout?

The stickers on the bins which are rolled out once a week, not only display the pictures of children, but also the speed limit for the area (Australia being 50kph in many streets). The question raised during this test phase over here is “would this work here?” The idea is simple and cost effective. While the scheme itself would not prevent all accidents in residential areas (here or in Australia), it could serve as a quick reminder to those driving to watch their speed and watch for children.

Sincere Law’s Head of Catastrophic Injury, Chris Walker, believes a campaign like this would be beneficial for children’s safety in the UK. He told us “Any effort to stop deaths on roads, particularly young children who have their whole life ahead of them, is a good thing. Stickers are inexpensive and don’t require a lot of input from a user, but they get the message across simply. It would be good to see this brought to the UK.”

Sincere Law has dealt previously with injuries occurred on roads to children, both fatal and non fatal. Regardless of fatalities, it can hold very adverse effects on the family involved and those in the driver’s seat who caused it.

Could the UK borrow this sticker scheme to prevent road accidents?

Help is available

If you have experienced an accident on the road whether it involves your child, a family member’s child or a friend’s child, you can contact Sincere Law for expert advice. We deal with serious and catastrophic injuries which often require extra input and care in order to help alleviate the problems caused by serious incidents.

If you’d like hassle free advice please call one of our expert team on 0800 092 2896 or get in touch via our contact page. Alternatively, you can arrange for us to call you back at a time that suits you by using our callback form.

At Sincere Law, we strive to look after all of our clients and their families with caring, conscientious legal assistance from start to finish. We look to provide the best possible quality of life for all serious injury victims under our legal care, so please call today and see what we can do for you.

 

Ryman league team & Northern Rail team up to educate about trespassing

A North London based Ryman league football side, Cheshunt FC, have teamed up with Network Rail to teach young people about the danger of trespassing on railway lines.

 

Nationwide programme

Alongside Cheshunt and Network Rail, a Manchester based company (PDF Sports LTD) have joined to help roll the scheme out to 10 schools in close proximity to the lines that run in the Cheshunt area. They have also made the programme accessible to Year 5 students across the country by incorporating the message into a sporting environment. The programme consists of using games and activities outside to help remember the risks associated with the railway.

Spokesman for the campaign on behalf of Cheshunt FC, Chairman Dean Williamson said “The railway is an extremely dangerous environment and it simply isn’t worth risking your life trying to save a few seconds misusing a level crossing”. Joining Mr Williamson was Tackling Track Safety Project Director, Philip Fitton, who added “The TTSP is a fantastic project and so far this year over 50,000 young people nationally have been educated about the dangers of the Railway in a fun and engaging environment”.

Originally set up in November 2015 by footballing legend Paul Scholes, Tackling Track Safety aims to educate “at least 100,000 people about rail safety” by the end of 2016.

(Paul Scholes set up Tackling Track Safety in 2015)

Responsible parenting

With the summer on its way and many children able to enjoy the holidays, we move into a period where knowing the whereabouts of your children becomes vitally important. Helping educate children into appreciating how serious an injury caused on the railway can be is a step in the right direction towards reducing accident and fatality statistics.

Sincere Law Catastrophic Injury Partner, Chris Walker, supports the project, stating “safety around the railway is a big issue for young people. In the summer we often receive calls from individuals who have experienced incidents around trains and unfortunately for those whose child has trespassed onto the railway it makes it very difficult to assist. We help clients each year who have been injured on trains by negligent actions but one thing we must completely eradicate is the threat to children’s lives posed by missing education on how fatal a decision to trespass can be. We fully support the campaign and hope that the Tackling Track Safety scheme can achieve their objective of educating 100,000 people by the end of this year.”

 

What can you do?

As a parent you can assist greatly by ensuring your child knows that trespassing onto the railway can be life threatening. This is most important to those living near railway lines, as easy access can often tempt children to become curious. While Sincere Law can do a lot for those that suffer serious injury as a direct result of negligent actions by railway staff or poor safety standards, being injured by a train as a result of unlawfully trespassing removes a person’s chance of making an injury claim.

New education for children on rail safety launched

Road Traffic Accidents & Children – Stay Safe This Summer

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.

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Summer Safety, top tips

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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.

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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.