Who remembers the road safety hedgehogs?

Child lying on the ground after a collision with a car.

Forming part of a “Stop, Look, Listen, Live” road safety campaign, the cute little road safety hedgehogs were broadcast during the late 1990s and as late as 2001. Singing their way through road situations like crossing roads (“No, not now”), stepping into roads from in-between parked vehicles (“Think! Staying Alive”) and messing about on the side of busy roads, they intended to teach children about avoiding being injured in road accidents.

Road traffic accidents involving children

In spite of these and other similar ads before and since the arrival of the road safety hedgehogs, road traffic accidents in the year ending March 2013 resulted in a total of 16,460 child casualties according to Department of Transport statistics. While this number is 14 per cent lower than that for the previous year (19,131 child casualties), it is still tragically high, especially when considering that a total of 2,150 of these children where seriously injured or killed. Out of these seriously injured or killed children, 1,470 children were the victims of road traffic accidents while being pedestrians.

Causes of vehicle accidents involving children

In some cases, drivers can not be blamed for running over children. A child suddenly emerging from behind a bus or other stationary vehicle can be difficult to avoid, even for the most careful of drivers. There are occasions, however, when such tragic accidents on the road could have been avoided if the driver had not been somehow distracted, speeding, tired or under the influence of alcohol. In such cases, the offending driver can be held liable to pay personal injury compensation.

Car crash compensation

While claiming compensation will by no means make a child well or bring a tragically lost child back to life, it can help with the financial burden such terrible accidents can add to the already overwhelming despair of affected families. Serious car accident injuries can present families with huge medical bills, homes may have to be adapted to cater for potential disabilities resulting from such injuries, short or long term care may have to be provided, and in the worst possible scenario, funeral costs can also be extortionate.

Making car accident claims

Accident Advice Helpline are here to help injured individuals or their families to claim injury compensation. Helpful, compassionate and highly experienced, the legal professionals assigned to each case work under conditional fee agreements, ensuring families do not have to worry about the legal costs of making a claim.

Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

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