This is the dramatic moment a young boy bounces off the bonnet of a van after running out into the road without looking – then appears to run off unharmed.
The driver was travelling at 20mph when the youngster appeared from behind a stationary van.
Carrying a yo-yo in his hand, the lad is oblivious to the danger he faces and within a split second he collides with the car before tumbling onto the road.
Incredibly, the boy then gets up and runs off – escaping the horror collision with just bruises.
The whole incident, which took place near a school in the North-West in June, was caught on the driver’s dashcam.
Manufacturer SmartWitness yesterday (Weds) released the footage to highlight the dangers of not looking before crossing the road.
An estimated 69 per cent of child road accidents occur near school gates – averaging out at six accidents per year for each school in the UK.
There were 16,101 accidents involving children on Britain’s roads last year, with 54 child fatalities.
Almost one third of these occurred between 3pm and 5pm as children left school.
A spokesperson for SmartWitness said: “This is particularly dangerous time of the year for our schoolchildren as they all return for the new autumn term.
“We hope by releasing this footage we will encourage drivers to slow down around schools and also remind parents and their children to be extra vigilant when travelling to and from school.
“This little boy had a very lucky escape after running out into the road from behind a parked van.
“It is vital we keep hammering the road safety message to prevent more avoidable accidents like this.
“The van driver was obviously very badly shaken after the accident but also highly relieved that the boy was unhurt.
“The footage shows quite clearly that he was completely blameless.”
Figures from the Department for Transport reveal London is the most dangerous city for young people when it comes to accidents, followed by Liverpool, Nottingham and then Manchester.
The charity Safe Kids Worldwide has found evidence to suggest that children under the age of 10 lack the ability to judge speed and distance of oncoming traffic, which put children’s of this lucky lad’s age at particular danger.
Boys are 33 per cent more likely to be involved in traffic accidents and children from lower socio-economic backgrounds are involved in a disproportionately large percentage of accidents.
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