How to keep kids safe on the roads this Halloween

With children out ‘trick or treating’ and enjoying firework displays, it’s not only a time for fun but a time for safety awareness. Sadly, serious accidents can happen at this time of year and the focus is on the long-lasting impact of brain injury sustained by head trauma.
With this in mind, it’s more important than ever that road safety is brought to the forefront of adults’ and children’s minds. We’re supporting the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT), who help children and their families cope with the devastating and long-term impact of brain injury.

Supporting charities that help children with brain injuries

CBIT and BBLawLast week, we gave away reflective wrist bands to help remind people that they need to be dressed to be seen on the roads and pavements.

Sadly, road traffic accidents are the biggest cause of death and disability amongst children in the UK.  Brain injury in children affects everything they think, do and feel. It can be devastating not only to them but to their family, friends and school, who have to adjust to supporting them in a new way.

The Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) provides a network of education and medical professionals to help and advise families and schools, so they can best support their child and help with any possible recovery.

We raise funds for the charity to help this worthy cause. Right now, we’re giving away reflective wristbands to help raise awareness about road safety. Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of the Serious and Catastrophic Injury team at Birchall Blackburn Law (BBLaw) said:

 “Post brain injury, children can have difficulty processing information, alongside impaired judgement and reasoning.  When an adult is injured, these difficulties are more likely to become apparent in the months following the injury, whilst in children it may be years after the injury that they begin to show.

“The difficulty the child faces, if returning to their old school, is that fellow pupils and teachers remember them before the injury.  The teacher has to adjust their expectations of the child and pupils have to adjust how they interact with them. This means the child has to face a variety of emotional and social changes going on around them. For some, it is impossible to return to their old mainstream school and therefore, alternative methods or places of learning may be required.”

Those alternative methods and training come from work by the CBIT and others. We support their efforts to provide a network of medical and educational professionals who can help make the child’s life easier and possibly even aid recovery.

All-in-all, safety is key and we’ve pulled together some starting tips to help keep children safe on dark nights when outdoors:

Top tips for pedestrians walking at night

  • Hold children’s hands when walking near to, or crossing a road
  • Where possible use a zebra, pelican or light controlled crossing
  • STOP, LOOK, LISTEN – stop at the kerb, look both ways, listen for traffic
  • Don’t cross between parked cars
  • Always walk on the pavement or pathway
  • If there is no pathway, walk in single file on the right-hand side on the road facing the traffic
  • Carry a torch when walking in the dark
  • Wear a reflective arm/ankle band or attach reflectors to bags.

If you have questions about the medical treatment you or a family member received, or would like clarity around an accident that caused brain injury, please don’t hesitate to speak to our personal injury  specialists. They understand the impact of such serious life events and first and foremost, are here to listen.