Think a Cul-de-sac Is Safe from Maryland Car Crashes? Think Again
A nice, two-story home with a white picket fence and an apple tree in the front yard might seem like the perfect place to raise children, especially if you’re lucky enough to end up on the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.
After all, isn’t a cul-de-sac safer for children than other residential streets?
Actually, a cul-de-sac may be more dangerous than you realize. While any type of dead-end street is typically somewhat quieter than other streets, that perceived safety may give you and your family a false sense of security.
Here are three ways a cul-de-sac may actually increase harm to your family:
- Back-over Accidents
The unique, circular shape of a cul-de-sac increases the possibility of back-over accidents in Maryland, particularly for young children.
- Outside Drivers
When a driver who is unfamiliar with the area tries unsuccessfully to take a shortcut through your neighborhood, that driver may become aggressive. A driver who is lost and annoyed is more likely to drive fast in order to get out of the area as quickly as possible.
- Lack of Street Safety Rules
A child who lives on a cul-de-sac may become used to playing close to or even in the street. Because a cul-de-sac is generally quieter, a child may not learn the importance of staying off the street and looking out for cars. Remind your child that playing in any street is not safe.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Silver Spring accident on your own street or another residential road, you may be feeling hurt and angry that someone would drive so carelessly.
To get the compensation you deserve for your family’s pain, talk to an experienced Maryland car accident attorney. Call Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700 to set up a free initial consultation.
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