Atlanta children will soon be heading back to school, which means more kids on the road as they walk to the bus or walk or ride their bicycles to class. Drivers need to be aware of the added dangers of pedestrian collisions as kids return to school for the season.
If a driver fails to follow best practices for safety and a child, or pedestrian of any age, is hurt or killed, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer can provide assistance to the victim or his family members. Victims should be entitled to compensation when pedestrian collisions cause losses to occur.
Avoiding Atlanta Pedestrian Accidents During Back to School Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that younger children are at the greatest risk of any demographic group for involvement with pedestrian accidents. Over the course of 2013, one out of five kids aged 14 and under who died in motor vehicle accidents were walking at the time they were struck and killed by a car.
While kids could be hurt in a pedestrian crash at any time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns there are more school-aged pedestrians killed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM, as well as between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM, as compared with during any other hours of the day. The death toll is high for pedestrian children walking to and from school, with pedestrian accidents causing the death of 116 of the 327 school-aged children who died in school transportation accidents between 2004 and 2013.
Drivers must be aware of the fact there are going to be more kids on the road during pre and post school hours, and drivers must take some basic steps to try to prevent these children from being hurt while walking to and from school. For example, drivers should:
- Pay extra attention in residential areas and around schools: Be aware there are likely to be more kids out during your morning commute once school has begun.
- Obey school zone speed limits and laws on stopped school buses. Laws against passing stopped buses or speeding in school zones are intended to protect young children. It is imperative you obey the rules so you don’t put kids at unnecessary risk.
- Stay focused on the road. Drowsy, drunk, or distracted driving can all take your focus off the road and increase the likelihood that you could hurt a child. These behaviors should be avoided all the time, but especially as kids go back to school and are out on the roads in increasing numbers.
If a driver does not live up to his duties to try to keep children safe from pedestrian accidents, the motorists can be held accountable for resulting losses which are endured by children. Kids or their family members can pursue a claim for monetary compensation for losses with the help of a legal professional.
The Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.