Contributed by Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury and Disability Insurance Lawyer. During the school year, it’s important to be extra cautious when driving in school zones. The following are some road safety tips, if followed, will minimize the chance of getting into a car accident or even worse, hitting a child, which could result in civil, if not criminal litigation.
Speed limits in school zones are generally lower than other roads. Observe these rules. A speeding car may be too fast to notice excited children running out into the street after school.
Stop for a school bus when its light is flashing
Children are getting out of the school bus when the lights on signs are flashing. Do not move forward until the flashing stops.
Obey crossing guards at school intersections
They are hired for a reason, to direct traffic and make sure children cross the street, to and from school safely.
Do not pass other vehicles in school zones
When you are focused on overtaking a car, you may not see or pay attention to children walking on the crosswalk or other slow-moving cars either dropping off children or picking them up.
Driving Fundamentals: Shoulder check
This is essential especially in a school zone. Children may be playing or talking without paying attention to traffic. Without a shoulder check, you could hit them.
School Parking Lot Safety
School parking lots are usually small and only big enough to accommodate the teachers’ cars. Trying to navigate around this tight area could result in bumping into other cars as well as hitting children that dart out between the teachers’ cars.
Distractions lead to accidents
As explained several times above, children dart out onto the road in front of school because many of them are not versed in safety procedures. Being distracted puts you at risk of not being focused enough to make last second snap decisions for safety purposes.