Now that summer’s in full swing, children are playing outside well into the evenings, and motorists everywhere have an obligation to keep their communities safe. Even if you don’t live near a park or school, you probably pass children playing in your neighborhood on your way to or from work.

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SaferCar.gov reminds parents that even parked cars can pose a hazard. For example, back-over incidents, which occur when a car pulling out of a space backs over a child, can happen when drivers are complacent.

If you or your child sustained injuries from a reckless or negligent driver in New Mexico, an Albuquerque car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Brian K. Branch may be able to help. With a combined 32 years of experience practicing personal-injury law, our attorneys know how to find success in court.

Call 505-764-9710 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case. Until then, read on to learn five tips for protecting the children in your neighborhood this summer:

  1. Obey All Traffic Laws

It may not always be obvious why, but traffic laws are in place for a reason. Do not drive under the influence, avoid distractions, and obey all speed limits – especially when you are driving near schools and parks.

  1. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

If a ball rolls into the street, there is a good chance that a young child will come chasing after it. Always be on the lookout for stray toys and balls in areas where children are likely to play.

  1. Slow down at Crosswalks

In some neighborhoods, the sidewalk is not always visible as you approach the crosswalk. Always assume that people are waiting to cross – especially in residential areas – and slow down just in case they have assumed that you will stop. Remember: Stopping for people in a crosswalk is not just good manners; it’s the law.

  1. Double Check Your Blind Spots

Children on bicycles, rollerblades and skateboards may not settle for staying on the sidewalk, which is why it is critical to check all your blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Always check around your entire vehicle before pulling out of a space, as well, especially if you are parked near a school or playground.

  1. Lead by Example

In addition to protecting kids outside by practicing safe driving habits, you can also take steps to ensure the safety of the children in your vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges parents and other caretakers to lead by example by wearing their seatbelts.

If you have children of your own, you can keep them safe by teaching them the importance of staying on crosswalks and paying close attention to traffic. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on other motorists to behave responsibly.

If you or your child sustained injuries in a car accident in New Mexico, turn to the Law Office of Brian K. Branch. An Albuquerque car accident attorney from our firm can assess your case and help you determine the best way to proceed. Call 505-764-9710 today to discuss your case.