The ambulance service has warned road users to practise road safety after 297 crashes involving children were reported over the last school year. The East of England Ambulance Service have warned families to avoid taking road safety for granted after a high number of crashes involving five to 16 year olds were reported in Essex last year.
The service has suggested that more can be done to reduce the number of crashes involving children and to encourage children to practise road safety. Locality Director Rob Ashford has said that the number of serious accidents is decreasing but the ambulance service still attends too many accidents involving children. He stresses that road safety education has improved but more needs to be done to educate children on practising road safety. Families are encouraged to teach their children based on what they already know. Questions families could ask their kids include what they know about road safety as a pedestrian or cyclist and what they know about crossing the road in a safe place. Parents have been encouraged to practise pedestrian routes showing children how to walk across the roads safely and pointing out the dangers on the roads to ensure their child is safe while walking alone to school.
Simple road safety
Children are among the most vulnerable road users and those who are not taught basic road safety are more likely to be involved in an accident. As the ambulance service has indicated, too many crashes involving children have been reported therefore parents can help to reduce this number by teaching their children about the hazards on the road. Simple steps like stopping at pedestrian crossings and teaching children not to run across the road can prevent a serious accident. In addition, children may be more likely to play with mobile phones and fail to look. However, should you or your child be involved in an accident that is the fault of someone else, you could win a compensation payout.
How to make your claim
You can call Accident Advice Helpline for no-obligation advice should you or a family member be involved in a road traffic accident that was the fault of someone else. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline to speak to a member of our team if you or a family member has suffered a personal injury in a road accident or collision. Take advantage of our no win, no fee* policy which will ensure that you won’t suffer financially by claiming with us.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown