Back to School Traffic May Increase Pedestrian Accidents
Heavy traffic increases the chances of pedestrian accidents especially when school is in session. If you are a victim, call our personal injury atorneys.
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School Traffic May Increase Pedestrian Accidents

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School Traffic May Increase Pedestrian Accidents

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Young students walking to and fro school are exposed to so many dangers. Distracted and intoxicated drivers don’t respect school hours. This is why kids account for the most pedestrian accidents, especially during back to school days. Parents and their children are getting familiar with new schools or perhaps old properties have undergone significant changes during the summer. It’s very difficult for children to adapt to the new schedule and find their way in the already crowded streets. Sometimes the best way to protect your family from pedestrian accidents is exercising caution and hiring a Florida personal injury attorney familiar personal injury laws that may work on your favor.

School zone collisions

School zone accidents are very common during back to school days. Hundreds of children are killed every year while walking to and fro school and thousands sustain severe injuries in school zone crashes. Unfortunately, almost 20% of school zone drivers don’t respect the speed limit and drive recklessly. They are putting pedestrians at risk during these busy hours. As more uniformed students crowd our streets, chances are we’ll see pedestrian accidents increase more and cause many devastating injuries.

Pedestrian laws

While it’s true children don’t understand traffic laws like adults do, it’s also true adults that already know these laws don’t respect them. Many advocates and educators believe education is the best tool available to improve safety in school zones. Children and adults that understand these laws and how they apply to school surroundings are less likely to experience an accident.

Tips for drivers and pedestrians

  • The street is not always safe to cross, even when the “Walk” signal is on.
  • Always look around before crossing a street.
  • Always be on alert. Distracted driving is very common these days.
  • Stay alerted and avoid dangerous situations.
  • If you are a driver, always assume pedestrians are present.
  • Never take your eyes off the road.

Common pedestrian injuries

While people generally feel safe on sidewalks and other areas away from the road, pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident include:

  • Bruises and scrapes, cuts in the body and face.
  • Fractures in the ribs, legs, arms, and pelvis.
  • Concussions and brain injuries.
  • Injuries to the spinal cord and vertebrae.

What to do

Pedestrian accidents can be very serious requiring hospitalization and ongoing medical treatment, which can be very costly. It’s best if you hire a personal injury attorney to help you seek and obtain the compensation that will cover the costs of treatment and other losses. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, the top priority is to seek immediate medical treatment. You may also contact the police to create a report. This document is very important and a necessary piece of evidence in many personal injury cases. You also need the contact information of eye witnesses and all individuals involved in the accident as well as insurance details. Contact us today and allow us to help you avoid the common mistakes many pedestrian accidents victims make.