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School Zone Safety
With the new school year upon us, that means that within the next week or so there are going to be more and more people on the roads. Especially in school zones where it there is guaranteed to be more congestion. Whether it be parents or school buses and carpool, safety in school zones must be talked about. Below, a car accident attorney in our office is going to go over how to stay safe in school zones. Whether you are driving or walking children to school. If you have been in an accident and need representation, contact an accident attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys. Consultations are free!
Accident Attorney | School Zone Safety: Dropping Off
When it comes to dropping the kids off at school, you have to remember that there are other parents in a hurry. As well as kids on bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. It is very important to pay more attention when children are present. Our accident attorneys know that this time can be stressful and getting back into the groove of school can be difficult. However, it is necessary to be extra cautious, even when you are in a hurry.
All schools have specific drop-off procedures for the school year. And yes, usually each school’s rules can be different from the next. Not only do you want to make sure that you are aware of them, you also want to make sure your children are aware. Our car accident attorney has found that the following rules apply in school zones:
- double parking is a no-no
- not only does it block visibility, it makes it difficult for other cars to get around you
- do not load or unload children across the street from school
- or specifically, where there is not a crossing guard
- carpool in order to reduce the number of cars at the school
When dropping off at school, take your time and be safe.
Watch for Pedestrians
Since it is still the end of summer and warm in the mornings, a lot of older kids will likely be walking, biking, skating, etc. to school. There are many precautions you can take in order to keep pedestrians safe:
- do not block the crosswalk when you are at a stop sign or red light
- this forces the pedestrians to have to walk around you and into the street. This is incredibly dangerous
- when crosswalk lights are flashing, stop and yield to pedestrians
- they have the right-of-way
- make sure you are on alert for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in residential areas near the school
- stop for crossing guards or patrol officers
- don’t rush people
- people honk horns, rev engines and scare the pedestrians
- never pass a vehicle that is already stopped for pedestrians
- maintain the speed limit
Yes, we all want to drop off our kids at school so they are on time and we are not late for work. But by rushing, you can potentially cause an accident.
Pay Attention to Visible Signs
When coming upon a school zone, you will see markings on the pavement indicating you need to be careful. Pay attention to these signs, these signs play a significant role in improving not only your safety, but the safety of those around you. Those crosswalks and signs and pavement markings help warn drivers of upcoming traffic changes. They also help direct pedestrians to engage in public roads in the safest way possible. This is vital to school safety. These signs are placed as helpful guides in order to prevent accidents from happening.
Our accident attorneys want you and everyone on the road to be safe during this upcoming school season. And that means following the rules; even if they stress you out a little bit.
Following the Speed Limit
The speed limit is school zones are placed everywhere. Speed is one of the most influential aspects that leads to accidents. Speeding in school zones or speeding off after you drop off the kids. Slowing down is necessary to protect the school children who are crossing the street. Typical school zone speed limit ranges are 15-25mph depending on where you live.
Furthermore, streets with higher traffic due to high volume schools tend to use yellow flashing lights to alarm drivers who come up to school zones. Since they are used to slow drivers down, they are only used during specific times of the day. However, make sure you are paying attention to these when there isn’t a lot of traffic. You never know when a child may run into the street within a moment’s notice.
Injured? Contact a Car Accident Attorney!
Staying safe and making sure others are safe in school zones is very important. And being injured due to the negligent actions of another is very upsetting. That is why you need an accident attorney from Silverthorne Attorneys on your side. We can help you. We are here to make sure you get the settlement you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. Never hesitate to contact us to discuss your case. Consultations with a car accident attorney in our office are free!
School Zone Accidents
Everyday throughout the school year, the welfare of California’s children is entrusted to the school bus system. Getting children safely to and from school depends on the work of school bus drivers and on safe driving by motorists around buses and bus stops. Although children are exposed to risk when riding school buses, great harm can also occur when they enter and exit them. As a personal injury attorney, we know that it is essential to protect your children.
There are many ways these types of accidents can happen. Children can slip and fall on the bus steps. They are also endangered when impatient drivers pass a stopped bus when its red lights are flashing. Children have also been run over by school buses.
Safety tips for entering and exiting school buses include:
Children Should Wait Until The Driver Says They Can Enter The Bus
This means they must not approach the bus while it is moving. They should stay off the street until the bus is stopped and its red lights are flashing. They must wait until the bus driver gives them the go-ahead to enter.
Children Should Cross The Road Ten Feet In Front Of The Bus
The danger zone is any area on the road that is within ten feet of the bus. Children are often struck by cars within this zone because drivers cannot see them there. Children should walk along the road side or sidewalk until they are ten feet in front of the bus. They should also be able to see the bus driver’s eyes so that the bus driver can see them as well. In addition, children should never cross the road behind the bus.
Children Must Proceed With Caution On The Bus Steps
The handrails should be used when going up or down the bus steps. Children should always look to the right when exiting the bus in case a car is trying to pass the bus on the right side. They should keep their clothing and book bags clear of the handrail and door. If a child drops something next to or under the bus, he or she must tell the bus driver and get his permission before picking it up.
Children Should Never Walk Or Wait Along The Side Of The Bus
When entering the bus they should be in a line facing the door.
School bus accidents are devastating. No child, parent, or family should ever be exposed to such an ordeal. The costs of this type of accident are many. You have the right to compensation for the medical expenses and the anguish of such an event. Litigation is often complex in cases of this type. This is why it is important to seek the help of a Mission Viejo personal injury attorney. Silverthorne Attorneys have the experience and dedication to pursue these types of cases. Contact us for a free consultation.