Now that summer is over, back-to-school season presents an increased risk of school zone accidents. More and more vehicles are on the roads and more children become pedestrians in crosswalks near school. They are exposed to drivers and unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents.
According to statistics, as many as 100 children are injured every year in accidents that happen inside school zones. Most accidents involving young children occur between 3PM and 6PM.
These accidents are preventable – if the driver isn’t distracted and has his/her eyes on the road and the child knows the back-to-school safety rules.
Many of these accidents involve children getting on or off the school bus. To help reduce the risk of a school bus injury, drivers must make sure they use designated drop-off areas and not park across the street from the drop-off area – causing the child to cross the street to access the bus.
How about the children who walk to school? You, as a parent, must:
- Teach your children to walk safely to school
- Plan out the closest and safest route to school, using a minimum number of street crossings
- Tell them to cross the street at a marked crosswalk only
- Teach them to look left and then right and then left again – before crossing the street
- Tell them not to ride their bikes through an intersection – walk it through
- Walk with a buddy
Have you or your child been seriously injured in a school zone accident? Contact the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir Tierney & Weck to learn more about your options.