School is back in session for students across Louisville and Jeffersonville. As responsible motorists, it’s our job to keep these kids safe as they travel to and from school each day. Preventing pedestrian accidents in our community is a lot easier when everyone is following the rules of the road and keeping their eyes open for children using nearby sidewalks and crosswalks. Below, we review the basics when it comes to keeping school-aged pedestrians safe on our neighborhood roads.
In the U.S., about 40 kids are hit by motor vehicles every day. Here’s what you can do as a motorist to prevent these accidents:
Stopping correctly for the school bus is really important. Children can easily be injured by a motor vehicle that wrongfully passes a school bus that is loading or unloading. Here’s what you need to remember:
You may need to build more time into your morning and afternoon commute in order to accommodate school buses, student pedestrians and parents getting their kids to school. Doing so could be the difference between keeping the community’s children safe and causing a serious, even fatal, injury to a child or teen.
Let’s look at the issue from another angle. As a parent with school-aged children, you can help them avoid danger by laying down the rules unequivocally:
Teens are especially vulnerable to texting while they are crossing the road. This is an extremely dangerous behavior that could lead to catastrophic injury and death. Let your teen know the gravity of the situation and reinforce the rule often: devices down when crossing.
You may be able to pursue justice for you and your child if a careless driver hits them. The experienced attorneys at our Louisville and Jeffersonville law firm are here to help. We provide a complimentary consultation so you can decide what to do next. To learn more, please call the Karl Truman Law Office at 502-222-2222.