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Common causes for children getting hit by cars

It can be a terrifying experience for a parent to find out their child has been struck by a car. However, getting hit by a car is the third leading cause of death for children between ages 5 and 9, according to the Association for Psychological Science. As a parent, it is important to understand the common causes of these crashes, so you can help your child avoid being hit by a car while walking.

According to an article by the Association for Psychological Science, children are susceptible to getting hit by cars because they are easily distracted, they are smaller than adults and they do not see the cars coming. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration resources also highlight the impulsive nature of children ages 10 and under and recommends children in that age range have supervision when walking or playing near roadways.

Efforts for traffic light improvement in the Bay Area

Traffic lights serve very important safety roles. However, they can also sometimes be frustrating for drivers.

Such frustration can be particularly common when traffic light systems are inefficient, such as not being well-timed given the traffic on the roads they are on. Frustration over inefficient traffic lights may leave some drivers tempted to disobey signals. Drivers illegally entering intersections on red lights can significantly gum up traffic. It can also create major risks of multi-vehicle collisions occurring or pedestrians getting hit.

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