Slow Down and Save a Childs Life!

by John McKiggan

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children in Canada.

Safe Kids Canada has released a research report this week that showed that residential streets may be more dangerous for our children that we think. According to the study, which was released this week a child hit by a car travelling at 50 km/h has an 80 per cent chance of being killed!

Thousands of Children Injured or Killed in Pedestrian Accidents:


Child – pedestrian accidents are a leading cause of death for Canadian children. More than 2,000 children are seriously injured each year in child pedestrian accidents each year! Sadly, almost 30 children are killed in pedestrian accidents every year.

Intersections Dangerous:

Most child pedestrian accidents happen while the child was crossing the street in an intersection.

Injuries Happen Close to Home:

It may come as some surprise that many of these serious injuries and deaths happen within just 5 kilometres of the children’s home.

Slow Down and Save Lives:

The study found that reducing vehicle speed results in a huge decrease in the number of child injuries and fatalities. A child hit by a car traveling at 30 km/h, has up to a 95 per cent chance of surviving.


The report calls for legislation reducing speed limits in residential neighbourhoods to a maximum of 30 KM (from the current 50 KM).

As a personal injury lawyer for the past 18 years I have represented hundreds of children who have been seriously injured in car-pedestrian accidents. Even more tragic are the cases where a child has been killed by a driver who was speeding, or just not paying attention.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in child safety to send a copy of the Safe Kids Canada news release to their local MLA.

I have been representing victims of serious personal injuries for 18 years. I wrote The Consumers Guide to Car Accident Claims in Nova Scotia to help victims of car accidents in Nova Scotia get fair compensation for their injuries. You can get a free copy of the book by visiting my website at

If you are looking for a Nova Scotia personal injury lawyer you can contact me by calling toll free at 1-877-423-2050.

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