As children head back to school this month, you’ve probably noticed shifts in traffic patterns and an increase in people on the road. For this reason this time of year can be especially dangerous for children. A recent release by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that more school-age pedestrians are killed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. than any other time of day. Our Philadelphia car accident attorneys explain some ways that you can help keep children safe during this busy time of year.
Though school busses are hailed as the safest way to transport children to and from school, there are still some dangers. Children should keep away from the “danger zone”, which is 10 feet in front of, and behind the school bus. Parents should also advise their children to listen to anything the bus driver tells them as well as be sure to look for cars when getting on or off the bus.
The NHTSA suggests that children under 10 years old should be accompanied by an adult or young adult when walking to and from school. It’s also important for children to always look both ways when crossing the street and walk on the sidewalk or facing traffic.
Children should always wear a helmet when riding their bike and obey all traffic signals and stop signs. Parents can educate their children about the importance of safety equipment and all applicable traffic safety rules before they ride to school.
Drivers responsible for carrying children should ensure that each child is properly restrained. The NHTSA also suggests that all children sit in the back seat as children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be injured in crashes. Drivers should refrain from any distracted driving habits such as using their cell phone and eating or reading.
In the event you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident in Philadelphia, seek out legal advice immediately. Our Philadelphia car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of cases. Your first consultation is free and we will help you understand your rights and determine next steps. For a free case evaluation, call Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo today at 888-807-WORK (9675).