Parents may feel safer loading their children into the family car for a trip to school, but walking to school can provide an optimal source of physical activity.
Do children on their way to school or a bus stop have any rights?
Today, many children are often seen walking to and from schools and bus stops in the morning hours and the afternoon hours. Parents with flexible work schedules can walk with their children to ensure their safety, but most families do not have this luxury.
Because of the presence of children as pedestrians, it is extremely important for all drivers to exercise due caution and slow down, especially during these time periods. Otherwise, children are put at risk for serious personal injuries.
While accidents are not always avoidable due to the negligence of others, there are certain steps your child can take to increase their chances of safety while walking to school or the bus stop:
- Always look both ways before crossing a street – look left-right-left and if the street is free of oncoming traffic, then proceed to cross the street.
- Always walk on a sidewalk. If there is none, walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
- Cross streets at designated crosswalks.
- Watch out for uneven or broken sidewalks.
- Watch out for slippery sidewalks.
- Watch out for any holes.
- When available, choose a route to walk that has school crossing guards
As a driver, always remember to slow down during the times that children are on the way to school or the bus stop – any place where children are pedestrians. Drive safe, smart, and be mindful of the safety of the children in your community.
If your child was injured while walking to school or to the bus stop, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney to discuss your child’s rights.
At Welebir | Tierney, we have been handling personal injury cases of all types for more than 40 years. Our trial lawyers will be able to take your case to court, and we strive to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
You will be able to contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will speak with you about your case and provide you with the best options. You will not have to pay any legal fees unless you win money in your personal injury case.