Believe it or not, summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin. Some parents are jumping for joy and most kids are too happy. Sadly, too many children get injured in accidents to and from school. So, as a new year begins, here are some tips to avoid automobile or bicycle accidents involving school kids:
Tips for motorists:
•Pay extra attention to your speed. Watch for school zones, and slow down when you see a bus.
•Pay attention to children who are waiting for a bus. Children may run into the street without looking.
•Slow down when the bus driver activates the flashing yellow lights.
•Stop when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends the stop signal. Vehicles must not pass until the flashing red lights and all other signals are turned off.
•Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit. This is illegal.
Tips for elementary and junior high students:•Before crossing the street, look left, right, and left again. Young pedestrians can face a variety of tough decision-making situations and dangers while walking to and from school.
•Walk with a buddy and always try to cross a street when a crossing guard is present.
•Cross in front of the bus only after the driver signals it’s okay to do so.
•Have a safe place to wait for the bus, away from the street.
High school students:
•Always buckle up and require passengers to do the same.
•Obey the speed limit and posted traffic signs.
•Avoid distractions such as loud music and cell phones while driving.
Whether they are walking to school, riding their bikes to school or driving to school, teach your children to walk, ride or drive safely and to watch out for others who don’t. An attentive walker, bicyclist or driver can prevent a child from getting hurt in an accident.
If you or your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, bicycle accident or a car accident, it is important that you talk with an attorney before talking with the insurance companies. Different rules could apply based on your child’s age. For a free case consultation, click here to schedule a meeting or telephone conference with Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. Remember, insurance companies have attorneys looking out for their best interests–so should you!