School has just started across California. This means the roads will be busier, school zones are in effect, and some children will be heading off for the first time on their own.
They’re faced with risks walking, riding their bike or heading for the bus stop. This is in addition to the risks in the playground at school. One of the biggest risks they will be facing is traffic while walking to and from the bus stop or to school.
Even the most cautious children can forget the rules of safety when they’re caught up in the excitement of a new school year and seeing their friends again.
Getting your children to and from school safely should be a priority for every family
You, as a parent, can prevent accidents – but only if you’re on the lookout for potential hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the following safety tips:
- Teach your children never to talk to strangers or get into their vehicles
- Show your children the best route to school with the fewest street crossings
- Walk the route with your children – tell them never to enter vacant fields or empty parks
- Discuss the buddy system
- Teach them to obey traffic signs and signals
- If you drive them to school, wait until they are inside the building before leaving
- If your child rides a bike to school, make sure they have a helmet
- If they ride a bus to school, teach them to stay seated and keep their hands inside the bus
- Make sure your child knows his or her phone number
If your child has been injured in an accident going to school or at school, contact the experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir Tierney & Weck to discuss your case.
We understand that children are much more prone to accident injuries than adults. They’re much more likely to find themselves in risk scenarios because unlike parents, they aren’t always concerned with safety, and sometimes may not be able to recognize danger.