With school back in session, parents need to be reminded to talk with their children about pedestrian safety. Unfortunately, Georgia pedestrian accidents and injuries sometimes involve children walking to school bus stops.
According to transportation directors, threats to children’s safety include drivers following school busses or traveling in the opposite direction of school buses. Many drivers in these positions either ignore the road rules or do not remember that they are never supposed to pass a stopped school bus – especially one with an extended stop sign or flashing lights. When drivers pass a bus, injuries to children that are being dropped off or picked up can occur.
In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that out of the approximate 17-school-bus-related pedestrian fatalities that occur each year, motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus cause about one-third of them.
Another danger for child pedestrians is drivers who fail to stop at stop signs in school zones. Unfortunately, many drivers are in a hurry or are participating in distracted driving and blow through stop signs – causing serious injuries or fatalities to innocent pedestrians. According to a Safe Kids USA study, about half of all cars observed in school zones committed stop sign violations.
As a parent, this information is shocking and horrifying to read. Talk to your kids and remind them to look both ways before crossing the street, to never dart out in front of cars, and to stop before crossing in front or behind a stopped bus to look for passing cars.
If your child is hurt by a negligent driver in an Atlanta pedestrian accident, please call a skilled Atlanta injury lawyer today for legal advice to make sure you are protecting your child’s interest. Call Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today.