August is Back To School Safety Month

With summer coming to a close and the beginning of the school year right around the corner, we want to remind drivers to be extra cautious. Children heading back to school means an increase in traffic congestion, pedestrians at crosswalks and a greater likelihood of accidents on Central Florida roadways.

Drivers must remember to adjust their speed accordingly in school zones and be especially cautious around crosswalks and school buses. Florida law states that if a school bus stops, motorists on either side of the bus must stop as well. It is important that motorists avoid engaging in distracted driving behaviors, such as talking on their cell phones and texting while driving, which can take their focus off the road.

Here are some reminders for drivers this month and throughout this coming school year:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
  • Always look for children when approaching an intersection, median or crosswalk.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Watch for children especially during the morning and after-school hours.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Reminders for children and parents:

  • If your children are riding the bus to school, stress the importance of getting to the bus stop a few minutes early.
  • Cross the street only at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Children should always cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.
  • While waiting for the bus, remind your child to wait calmly and watch and listen for traffic.
  • Never approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver of the bus signals you to get on.
  • A general rule for children is to stay at least 10 feet from the sides of the bus and NEVER walk behind the bus.
  • Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or the school building.
  • Check that your child’s backpack does not have long straps attached to it. These along with drawstrings and loose fitting clothing can become caught on bus handrails and doors.

Use Extra Caution While Driving When Schools Starts

Despite warnings, communication and the best of intentions, accidents can still happen as a result of someone else’s negligence. At the personal injury law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you and your loved ones to have a safe return to school this year. Our Orlando Auto Accident Attorneys are committed to helping children and families who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Whether you have been involved in a car accident, bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out the free consultation form found on this page or call to discuss your legal options in greater detail.

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