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It’s been a rough week for kids in Oakland County. Three accidents between September 28 and October 2 provide a gruesome reminder to drivers to drive safely around children and schools.
The rash of accidents started on Sunday night when a red SUV hit two teens riding their bikes in Romeo. The accident happened at 8:34 pm when a 15 year old and an 18 year old were struck in a hit-and-run bicycle accident. The teens were traveling with traffic in the roadway. But neither was wearing a helmet. Both were injured, and at last report the 18 year old was still in the hospital. The police are still looking for the driver.
Four days later, Kennedy Elementary School in Oak Park was rocked when a first grader was hit while crossing the street. She suffered a serious head injury, organ trauma and large contusions. At last report she was not yet speaking and had a lot of healing to do.
The very next day, a sixth grader was struck in Hazel Park as she walked home from school. She has a broken ankle and two broken legs and had to have surgery to put a rod, screw, and pin in her ankle.
The Oak Park Police and Ferndale Schools are encouraging parents to “speak with your children and discuss the importance of traffic safety.” They promise they will be reviewing traffic patterns. Police will be using radar stations and patrol vehicles to control drivers’ speeds.
But the best people to prevent these kind of pedestrian and bicycle accidents are the drivers. Speed limits are lower in school zones and pedestrian walkways and bike lanes are clearly marked. If you are on the roads near a school, slow down. Childhood injuries, particularly traumatic brain injury, can cause developmental delays and sometimes permanent disability. But you can stop it by giving students a “brake” when they’re on the road.
David Christensen is a no-fault insurance and brain injury expert at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team can help the victims of pedestrian and bicycle accidents get their medical expenses paid. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact Christensen Law for a free consultation today.