School zones are supposed to be safe zones for children, with lower speed limits and plenty of warnings for drivers about the possibility that young pedestrians will be crossing the roads. Unfortunately, a new study from Safe Kids USA reveals that far too many motorists are failing to follow safety rules in school zones. Unfortunately, drivers are traveling through school zones when they are distracted. This can endanger the lives of children as they commute to and from school each day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that “As pedestrians, children are at even greater risk of injury or death from traffic crashes,” when compared with adults. When motorists are distracted when traveling through a school zone, the lives of young people are in jeopardy. Victims of distracted driving collisions and their family members should consult with an Atlanta car accident attorney to take legal action if a driver negligently caused a distracted driving accident in a school zone.
School Children at Risk of Atlanta Distracted Driving Accidents
Every year, an estimated 25,000 children in the United States suffer an injury while commuting to or from school. The CDC reports that almost one in four traffic fatalities among kids under the age of 14 are pedestrian deaths, so a good number of kids are killed while walking to class. Children may also be injured or hurt while walking to or from the bus, especially if drivers are not paying careful attention.
The high rate of pedestrian accidents among children makes the data from the Safe Kids USA report even more disturbing. According to the report, as many as one driver out of every six is distracted when traveling through a school zone. More drivers are distracted during the afternoon commute home than the morning, and drivers tend to be the most distracted in school zones with no flashing lights as well as in areas where there is a high traffic volume of 10,000 or more vehicles per day.
Both male and female drivers make the dangerous choice to drive distracted in a school zone, although women are slightly more likely than men to be focused on something other than the road. In fact, 187 out of every 1,000 female drivers going through a school zone are distracted compared with 154 out of every 1,000 male drivers.
The motorists who are distracted in school zones have many different things that are taking their attention away from keeping children safe. For example:
- 98 out of 1,000 motorists driving in a school zone are using an electronic device, such as a cellular phone.
- 44 out of 1,000 motorists driving in a school zone are smoking, or consuming food or beverages.
- 19 out of 1,000 motorists driving in a school zone are either reaching behind them or looking behind them.
- Three out of 1,000 motorists driving in a school zone are reading something.
Motorists in large vehicles including minivans and SUVs were the most likely to be engaged in behavior classified as a distraction. Unfortunately, these motorists may do the most damage to young collision victims.
Whenever a driver of any vehicle makes the choice to drive distracted through a school zone, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help. Call Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation after your distracted driving accident.