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Back to School Pedestrian Safety: Could Your Kids Debunk the Top Myths?

As children head back to school, it is important to go over pedestrian safety information with them. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of death in the United States for children ages 5 to 14.

While most elementary and middle school children have some understanding of how to stay safe, there are several misconceptions about what to do to avoid injury when walking or playing near traffic.

So before your child starts the new school year, make sure your children can debunk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator’s top pedestrian safety myths:

Myth: A green light means that it is safe to cross.

Fact: A green light means that you should stop and search for cars. Before you step off the curb, look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for traffic, and if it is safe to do so, cross and keep looking left and right as you do so. Be alert for vehicles making a right turn on red.

Myth: You are safe in a crosswalk.

Fact: You may cross at a crosswalk but before you do, stop at the curb and look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for cars. When it is clear, cross and keep looking left and right for cars.

Myth: If you see the driver, the driver sees you.

Fact: The driver may not see you. Make certain the driver stops before you cross the street.

Myth: The driver will stop if you are in a crosswalk or at a green light.

Fact: The driver may not see you. The driver may run a traffic light illegally. The driver may turn without looking for pedestrians.

Myth: Wearing white at night makes you visible to drivers.

Fact: White does not make you more visible at night. You must carry a flashlight and/or wear retro­reflective clothing to be more visible to drivers. Always walk facing traffic.

If you or someone you love about has suffered serious injury in a California pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to obtain the compensation that injury victims deserve.