When you think about pedestrians, you likely think about people who are old enough to walk or jog on their own. You rarely think of infants and toddlers. If you run or jog with your baby, he or she is most definitely a pedestrian.
Jogging strollers are made to be incredibly safe. The problem typically does not lie in their manufacture, but in their correct use. If you are going to take your baby jogging with you, keep these stroller safety tips in mind to help prevent vehicle versus pedestrian accidents.
1. Lock the Swivel Front Wheel
If your stroller is equipped with a front wheel that swivels, it must be locked before you head out on the open road. It is a common misconception that the swiveling wheel provides more control over the stroller. In fact, locking the wheel gives you ultimate control over the contraption.
2. Position the Quick Release
Many jogging strollers have quick release lever mechanisms on the wheels. If yours does, make sure the levers are parallel to the stroller fork. This prevents things from getting caught on the levers, forcing them to let the wheel loose.
3. Use the Wrist Strap
Modern jogging strollers come with wrist straps. Make sure that you have the strap secured before heading out. This provides added security while you are walking or jogging.
4. Engage the Parking Brake
If the stroller is stopped, the parking brake should be engaged. This will prevent the stroller from rolling off of a curb or into traffic.
5. Check All Locks, Wheels, and Brakes Prior to Use
Get in the habit of inspecting the stroller prior to every use. When you check the straps, locks, wheels, and other mechanisms frequently, you will quickly be alerted to any issues that can diminish the safety of the stroller.
Jogging strollers are a great invention. These devices allow you to share a favorite pastime with your littlest family member. Unfortunately, these strollers can also cause accidents if not used properly. When you use all of the safety features and inspect the stroller regularly, you and your child are less likely to be victims of a car versus pedestrian accident.
If you have been struck by a vehicle while running, walking, or jogging, contact the compassionate attorneys at Auger & Auger. We are here to fight for your rights, and we will make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today!