The Back to School Commute may put Your Child at Risk of Injury
With a new school year finally upon us, many of us are getting ready to send our children back to school. While a new school year is often an exciting time full of new experiences, it also can expose children to new risks. This is particularly true if your child has gotten to the age where you feel it is safe and appropriate for him or her to walk or ride a bike to school without parental supervision. Accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists can leave victims seriously injured, so it is important to everything you can to ensure that your child minimizes his or her risk of being involved in a crash.
Tips to Keep Your Child Safe
- Walk with a friend whenever possible
- Parents should pick their child’s route to school and ensure that it is as safe as possible.
- NEVER hitchhike
- When you are near the street, do not run, push, or chase one another
- Wear bright colored clothing so that drivers can see you
- Always be on the lookout for cars and trucks, and look inside parked cars for drivers – they may be getting ready to get going
- Obey all traffic signs, signals, and crossing guards
How Do You Know If You Can Take Legal Action?
Unfortunately, accidents can happen even under the best of circumstances. In order for your child to entitled to compensation for his or her injuries, it is necessary for you to be able to show that the accident in which he or she was involved was caused by someone else’s negligence. Examples of the kinds of driver negligence that can cause accidents with young pedestrians or bicyclists include the following:
Negligence is not always clear in these accidents, so it is important to always have an attorney thoroughly review your case. The lawyers of Boling Rice will evaluate your case at no cost and inform you as to whether or not you or your child have a legal claim.