Young girl struck by vehicle in Norfolk

istock_000009079078xsmallA young girl was reportedly struck by a vehicle in Norfolk last night. The Thursday, June 15, 2017 accident on Maple Avenue occurred just before 7:00 PM. While not many details have been released about the collision, we do know that the girl was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver stayed on scene and has not been charged thus far.

This accident highlights a problem families face every summer: the increased risks children face while enjoying the vacation from school. While an accident like this one can certainly happen any time of the year, the odds of car accidents involving children go up in the summer. Why? Simply because they are spending more time outdoors, sometimes unsupervised.

It’s not clear why this particular incident occurred, and we’ll be watching for updates on the investigation. Generally, though, parents should remind kids about the importance of stopping, looking and listening before crossing a street. Even the youngest of children can benefit from a brief conversation about looking both ways before crossing a street. Older children should be reminded about the dangers of playing in the street. Regardless of how old your kids are, parents should do their part by supervising them when outside.

The risks for life-threatening injury goes up for older teens in the summer, too. Because they are spending more time behind the wheel or in the cars of their friends, they face an increased risk of being involved in an accident. Loud music, smartphone distractions and their passengers can all contribute to the risks.

Talk to your kids about the dangers they face on the roads this summer!

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