Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: A Lesson in Back to School SafetySeptember 1, 2016
As the lazy days of summer begin to wind down, preparations for another school year are in the works. Whether your child walks to school, rides their bicycle, or takes a bus, ensuring that your son or daughter arrives to and from school safely is a top priority. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, our Maryland personal injury lawyers remind you to remember to slow down and watch for children crossing streets and getting off buses, especially in school zones.
According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars in school zones than anywhere else. Many of these tragic wrecks can be avoided if drivers follow these safe-driving practices:
- Always obey the speed limits that are posted in school zones and in the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Follow the school’s drop-off and pick-up procedures.
- Do not double park on crosswalks, as it can block visibility for other drivers and children trying to cross the street safely.
- Try to avoid dropping children off at a location that forces them to cross a busy street.
- Pay attention to the yellow flashing lights on a school bus, which signal drivers to prepare to stop.
- Never pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing. Only proceed when the lights stop flashing and the bus begins to move.
- Be alert when driving through school zones. Watch for children riding their bikes, crossing the street, or gathering at a bus stop.
For children who take the bus to and from school, now is a great time to remind them about the importance of bus safety. Here are a few tips you can review with your child as you prepare for the first day of school:
- Arrive at the bus stop early for the first few days of school, as bus schedules may run a few minutes early or late as the driver gets used to the new route.
- Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver opens the door, signaling that it is safe to board.
- Do not board a bus that is not assigned to your route.
- Never walk behind the bus, or where the bus driver cannot see you.
- Cross the street at the corner and obey traffic signals at all times.
- Never run out into the street.
If your child walks to school, make sure that they understand that they should never talk to strangers, or accept a ride from someone they do not know. Help them memorize a parent’s or guardian’s phone number in case of emergency. Explain how to dial 9-1-1 if it becomes necessary.
Returning to school after the summer has ended can be challenging for some children, especially those starting school for the first time. Keeping your child safe is the first step in making this transition as seamless and enjoyable as possible.
Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of School Bus Accidents
If your child has been seriously injured on his or her way to or from school, the dedicated, compassionate Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. We will determine who is responsible for your child’s injuries and pursue the maximum compensation so that you can focus on your child’s recovery. For a free case review, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.