Summer will soon be over, and when your children go back to school, it is important for them to remember some safety tips from the National Safety Council that will keep them healthy and safe throughout the new school year. Our pedestrian accident attorneys at Neale & Fhima want to encourage you to share these important safety tips with your children today.
Getting to School Safely
Whether your child walks, rides their bike or takes the bus, it is critical that they take these safety precautions, so they are not injured by a driver:
- Tell your child to always walk on the sidewalk. If she cannot walk on a sidewalk, then she must walk in the street but should be facing traffic.
- Before going across a street, the child should stop and look left, right and then left again to check for cars. Some drivers speed even in school zones, so it is important to look very carefully.
- Children should never dart in front of traffic.
- Parents should practice walking to school with the child and walk with them across the appropriate crosswalks when possible.
- Children should never walk while texting or talking on a cell phone. Far too many car accidents happen every year from pedestrians walking into traffic while on a cell phone.
- Never walk to school while using headphones. These prevent you from hearing what is going on around you.
- Children should always wear an approved bike helmet that is properly fitted and secured.
- Children should know the rules of the road. Bikes should be ridden on the right side of the road with traffic and should come to a total stop before going across the street. The bike should be carefully walked across the street in a designated crosswalk.
- Be careful about drivers opening doors and changing lanes without warning.
- Be sure to use hand signals when making turns.
- Wear clothes that is bright colored so that motorists can see you.
- Children should know how to get on and off the bus in a safe manner.
- They should line up six feet from the curb as the bus is driving up to them.
- If there are seat belts in the bus, they should be worn.
- Wait for the school bus to come to a total stop before standing up.
- Students should never cross in front of the bus if they can avoid it. If they must, they should walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus, so the driver can see them.
Drivers also should remember that they need to keep an eye out for students who are going to and from school. Never block a crosswalk, and always yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk. Also remember that the 10 feet around the bus are the most hazardous for children. Be certain to stop far enough back from the bus so they can enter and exit the bus in a safe manner.
Was Your Child Hurt by a Driver? Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney Now.
As the school year is getting ready to start again, there is a higher chance of children being injured or even killed by a careless driver on American roads. If your child is a pedestrian walking to or from school and is hurt by a negligent driver, you have legal options. Our Southern California personal injury attorneys at Neale & Fhima can help you to obtain compensation from the careless driver, including medical expenses and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.