With the school year approaching quickly, many families are getting ready
to wave their children off to their first day of school. While many children
are taken to school by family members or by bus, other students walk to
and from school. While this can be a healthy, daily form of exercise,
it can be dangerous if children do not practice safe habits while traveling
to and from school.
In fact, according to a study conducted by SafeKids.Org, 61 children are
hit by passenger vehicles every day in the U.S. Most of these accidents
occur during the hours after and before school, and the rates of such
accidents peak in September, which is the first month of the school year.
Because our Clearwater personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting
the youth of our area, our legal team has provided some safety tips to
protect your children as they walk to and from school:
1. Teach Your Child to Travel in Groups
When a child walks with a larger group, they will be more noticeable to
drivers on the roads. In addition, traveling in a group ensures that your
child arrives and leaves their destinations safely.
2. Make Sure Your Child Does Not Text While Walking
When a child is looking down at their mobile device, they are not able
to see where they are walking or the vehicles around them. For this reason,
children walking to and from school should be sure to look out for oncoming vehicles.
3. Teach Your Child Not to Wear Headphones While Walking
It is important for children to hear the sounds around them as they travel
next to or across roads. Parents should be sure to instruct children to
wait to wear headphones until they have arrived at their destination.
4. Be Sure That Your Child Understands All Street Signs and Crosswalk Signals
While most crosswalk and street signs seem self-explanatory, they may not
be to younger children. As a result, parents should be sure that their
children understand each sign so they can travel to and from school safely.
5. Ensure Your Child Does Not Walk During Dark Hours of the Day
Undoubtedly, pedestrians are much less visible during darker hours of the
night or morning, especially young children who are much smaller than
adults. For this reason, children should only walk during well-lit hours
of the day.
Roman & Gaynor is Here for Your Family
At Roman & Gaynor,
our legal team cares about the safety of you and your children. If you or someone you
love is injured in a
pedestrian accident or due to another person’s actions, we encourage you to get in touch
with our Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyers right away. We can look
at the details associated with your case and form a legal strategy to
help you obtain maximum financial compensation in the shortest amount
of time possible.
Discuss your case with a Clearwater pedestrian accident attorney today, or fill out a free
case evaluation form online! You won’t pay a single dollar unless
we win your case.