- Teach your child situational awareness, such as staying on sidewalks, looking before crossing a street, and taking care when grabbing anything they may have dropped on the road.
- Pay special attention to higher-risk areas for car/pedestrian accidents, such as by a school and near area bus stops.
- Supervise your children after school hours when they are playing outside.
- If you child is participating in an activity that takes place on a street, such as biking, rollerskating, riding a scooter, or skateboarding, make sure they wear proper protective gear. Also make sure the child knows how to safely stop and move out of the way of oncoming traffic.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) ran a very interesting article about the nature of four-wheeler use and how injuries often occur as a result. According to their article, ATVs were largely first introduced into the United States in the 1970s. Since that time, both their use and subsequent injuries have risen substantially. Using data from 2007, AAOS determined that about 150,000 people were injured using ATVs in a year. From the time period of the early 1980s to 2009, over 10,000 people died in ATV-related accidents.