Fall May Pose Greater Risk for Students Walking to School
As daylight savings reduces daylight hours, it increases to the difficulty for motorists to spot children walking or riding bikes along the side of the road.
With the change in daylight, parents and guardians are urged to make sure that their children wear brightly colored outerwear while walking to school and all after school activities. Also make sure they place a reflector on their backpack, bicycle, and scooter; anywhere that a reflector can be seen.
It is important to have your child use the buddy system and stay on the sidewalk, not walk in the street.
As daylight hours get shorter many motorists may not account for the diminished visibility during their daily commutes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that kids on their way to and from school may potentially be at a greater risk of injuries during the fall season. Children who walk, ride bikes, and wait by the road for school busses are all at increased risk. This danger is thought to be a result of the fall season’s shorter daylight hours.
It is recommended that an adult should accompany all young children who travel to school, however this not always a possibility for parents and caretakers due to working schedules. Though children should always be taught proper road crossing and traffic safety, unfortunately accidents still happen.
If tragedy occurs and your child is injured on the way to school, a qualified personal injury attorney will guide you through the difficult process of determining who is at fault and help you seek fair compensation. They will help you navigate through the legal system to protect your rights. A skilled personal injury lawyer will investigate the scene of the accident and reconstruct details when necessary.
This is a guest blog post from our attorney friends at Cariati Law