School is back in session and thousands of Chicago-area students are immersed in the classrooms learning reading, math, and science. While many parents and guardians worry about the safety of their children at school, one area of safety that you may easily forget about is the time before and after school when kids are traveling.
Data released by AAA showed that around one-quarter of all child pedestrian fatalities happen between 3–7 p.m., the hours right after school lets out. It’s important for motorists to understand safety tips that may prevent a catastrophic Illinois pedestrian and motor vehicle accident from happening.
Extra Caution and Vigilance
During the hours of 7–9 a.m. and 3–5 p.m., it’s important for drivers to maintain vigilance and extra caution in school zones and residential areas. Here are the key steps you can take:
Slow down. School zones have reduced speed limits for a reason. The slower you go, the less likely a child walking will die if struck by your car. No child’s life is worth the extra 30 seconds you save by speeding through a school zone.
Come to a complete stop. Studies show that more than one-third of all drivers admittedly roll through stop signs in school zones and neighborhoods. Always look carefully at intersections and crosswalks before moving ahead.
Eliminate distractions. Loud music, cell phones, eating, and loud passengers all take your mind off the road and divert your eyes away from unpredictable kids walking outside, and could contribute to a car accident.
Watch for bicycles. Kids on bikes may be inexperienced, unstable, and unpredictable on the road. Darting between parked cars or not crossing in designated crosswalks can be common.
Back up with caution. Because kids are often unpredictable, it’s important to always use your mirrors and watch your blind spots to be sure that kids aren’t running or playing around your car. School drop-offs are often congested with cars and students, so be alert.
Car accidents and injuries can be a devastating combination, but when kids are added into the equation, emotions can be heightened and the consequences can be catastrophic. The experienced Chicago car accident lawyers at Lane Brown have the skills and dedication needed to help you understand and pursue your legal rights. Fill out an online form today to schedule your no-hassle free case evaluation, or call us toll-free at 312-332-1400.
Tips to Keep Pedestrians and Drivers Safe in Chicago
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