While a semitruck may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, your vehicle probably tips the scales at around 3,500 pounds. Consequently, if you have a collision with a tractor-trailer, everyone in your vehicle is at risk of sustaining a serious injury.

The same is true if a commercial vehicle runs over you or someone in your family. Whether you are walking, riding or driving, three simple tips may keep your child safe.

1. Secure the young one in your family

Truck, car and pedestrian accidents are leading causes of both injury and death for children under 12.

To improve your child’s odds of surviving a collision with a truck, you should always use a height- and weight-appropriate car seat. Furthermore, you should replace your child’s car seat after moderate or severe collisions.

You also should secure your child when you are pushing him or her in a stroller. After all, if you do not use the stroller’s safety restraints, your child may suffer a traumatic brain injury, broken bones or other injuries in a fall from the stroller.

2. Reach for your child’s hand

At an age-appropriate time, all parents should teach their children how to cross the road safely. Before you get to that point, though, you do not want your son or daughter to dart into moving traffic.

Reaching for your child’s hand well before you arrive at an intersection is a good idea.

3. Pick out a safety-rated riding helmet

If your son or daughter rides a tricycle or bicycle, you should set rules for riding near roads. You should also invest in a safety-rated riding helmet.

With the right helmet, your son or daughter has a reduced risk of suffering brain damage in a collision or crash.