As a parent and Seattle child injury lawyer I understand how stressful raising a child can be- particularly when there is so much to protect them from. From cars to ladders to serious allergens the stress is never ending.

University Way, near the University of Washington’s Seattle campus was shut down for over two hours Monday afternoon, after a toddler was struck by a bus. According to Seattle police, around 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 28th a young child darted out onto University Way Northeast at a crosswalk and was struck by a Seattle Metro Bus. The child suffered minor injuries from the Seattle bus accident and the Seattle Fire Department transported him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

The bus was finally moved out of the street after 3:30 p.m. and traffic was restored access to University Way Northeast between NE 47th Street and NE 50th Street, which was closed after the accident. Luckily no serious injuries were sustained in the Seattle bus accident.

It is accidents such as these that remind us as parents how careful we need to be with our children- and how essential it is to teach them street safety at an early age. Here are some tips to keep your young child safe when walking.

Hold the Reigns: it is important to hold hands with your child or keep them attached to you in some way while walking on busy streets. In one quick second of inattention your child can easily run into the street or into another dangerous area.

Travel in Packs: If you will be in an extremely busy area bring other adults with you that can also keep an eye on your child—the more eyes watching out for your child the safer it is

Teach your child: Never let them walk into any street without an adult- even in a safe neighborhood. If you allow your child to roam around in empty streets they will think they can also roam in busy streets

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