It’s an exciting time of year for parents and children. Mid-August marks the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year. At the law firm of Michael T. Gibson, we want to remind you to keep safety a priority. The beginning of the school year is a time when children are at an increased risk for transportation-related accidents. Drivers need to be extra vigilant during their early morning and afternoon commutes. Whether your child walks, rides their bicycle, takes the bus or carpools to school, it is important to remember safety both on and off the roads.
Below are some helpful tips on how to keep your child safe when heading back to school this year:
Walking to School
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Always stop and look left, right and left again for cars before crossing the street.
- Carefully approach parked cars, which may be getting ready to pull out.
- Always use crosswalks when crossing the street.
- Parents should walk with their children when possible to ensure a safe arrival to the bus stop or school. This is of particular importance in high-traffic areas.
- Have your child wear bright color clothing so they are more visible to drivers.
- Make sure your child takes a safe route to school with marked crossing guards at intersections. Have them avoid deviating from the route or taking any short cuts.
- Make sure your child understands traffic signals and pavement markings.
Riding a Bicycle to School
- Ensure your child always wears his or her helmet when riding their bicycle.
- Discuss proper “rules of the road” with your child.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic.
- Come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across street.
- Be familiar with the appropriate hand signals. This is especially important when sharing the road with motorists.
Riding the Bus to School
- Make sure your child only takes his or her assigned bus.
- Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus arrives.
- Wait for the bus on the sidewalk or at least six feet back from the curb.
- Allow the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
- Cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus while traffic is stopped.
- Remain seated and obey the bus driver’s rules while on the bus.
Driving to School
- Always use proper child safety seats and safety belts at all times.
- Arrive early, especially during the first few days /weeks of school.
- Always use the designated student drop-off and pick-up zones.
- Follow the designated procedures for student drop-off and pick-up.
- Follow all pedestrian and driver safety rules.
- Do not drive distracted and never text while driving
We Want To Make Sure All of Our Central Florida Students Are Safe
Every school year, children are either injured or killed as a result of a careless driver passing a stopped school bus. At the law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. we want to make sure your children travel safely on their way to school. It is important to drive with extra caution in school zones and around children and school buses. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a reckless driver, you need to contact an experienced Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer immediately. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in more detail.