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Back to School Pedestrian Accident Risks in San Fernando Valley

A pedestrian accident in San Fernando Valley occurred close to an elementary school, injuring four people including a mother and her five-year-old daughter. NBC Los Angeles reported on the incident, which occurred at an intersection with a school on the corner. go-on-1438770

The pedestrian accident happened as part of a chain reaction collision. One vehicle struck a second vehicle, and the second car hit a third car. The first vehicle then continued through the intersection, where the car struck the mother and her young daughter who were waiting to cross the street.

The child had to be treated in the hospital for serious injuries from the pedestrian accident. A Los Angeles Police Detective told NBC Los Angeles: "It could have been worse, because at this time this is when typically, the time, that children get out from school."

This pedestrian accident was one of many in which a young child was hurt. The two demographic groups who are most likely to get into accidents include seniors and children. Child pedestrians can be hard for drivers to see, so motorists may not be able to stop on time to avoid hitting a young walker.

Drivers need to be aware of the dangers of pedestrian accidents involving children, especially as school begins soon. When the school season starts, there are many more young people who walk to and from their schools each day. Kids who walk to school are at risk of being hurt if drivers are not careful and don't obey the rules. Even kids who do not walk all the way to school could be harmed in a pedestrian accident if they are embarking or disembarking from the bus and an accident happens as they leave the bus and walk to their home.

Drivers have a responsibility to kids at all times to make sure motorists take reasonable precautions to prevent pedestrian crashes. As back-to-school season gets underway, it is especially important for drivers to follow best practices for safety including:

  • Never passing a stopped school bus. The bus is likely letting kids off or waiting for kids to get on when it has its stop sign up.
  • Exercising extra caution in school zones, especially during the morning and afternoon hours when schools start or let out. Drivers must obey school speed limits and must be especially watchful for children in areas near schools.
  • Driving the speed limit.  If you drive too quickly, you will have more momentum and won't necessarily be able to stop in time to avoid hitting a child.

While much of the responsibility for preventing pedestrian accidents belongs with the driver, parents should also talk with their kids about risks of walking to school and about ways they can try to prevent accidents. For example, kids need to look both ways before crossing the road, and should avoid crossing outside of designated crosswalk areas as drivers might not be expecting them.

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