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Back to School Calls for Vigilant Driving

Published August 25, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Over the coming weeks, most schools will be back in session with children out-and-about throughout the day, especially in the morning and late afternoon. Drivers should remain extra vigilant to avoid hitting a child crossing the road or when passing a school bus unloading or loading children at bus stops.

Our accident attorneys in Binghamton, NY, continue to warn against aggressive and distracted driving. These unsafe driving behaviors, especially around school zones, can result in serious injury or death.

Be on the lookout for children around schools, playgrounds, in crosswalks and at corners. The Safe Kids USA website offers the following tips for safe driving where children will be on their way to and from school:

  • Slow down and stay alert when entering school zones;
  • Avoid being distracted by cell phones, texting and the radio;
  • Watch for children bicycling on roadways, stepping off curbs, or crossing the street at crosswalks and intersections; and,
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully being aware that many times children cannot see you.

Parents should educate their children to ensure they cross streets only at crosswalks or at street lights, look both ways before crossing, and cross with an adult until they are 10 years old.

Bicyclists should observe road signs and wear a helmet. Constant awareness of drivers and pedestrians will help keep them from hitting someone or wrecking on their bikes.

Statistics prove that school buses are the safest way for children to get to school. Boarding and exiting the bus poses the most danger to children. Warn children that if they are closer than 10 feet from the bus on any side, they are in a “danger zone” where the driver cannot see them.

According to the Kaboose parenting and child-safety organization, approximately 10 fatalities each year result from children being run over by their own school bus. Another 15 deaths are the result of being struck by passing motorists.

Drivers should remember that they will be sharing the roadways with school buses that stop frequently to load and unload children. State law requires drivers to stop their vehicles when a stopped school bus displays a flashing, alternating red light and an extended stop arm.

New York state law is one of only a few states that requires drivers to stop even if they are on a divided highway. The numbers of fatalities resulting from drivers illegally passing a school bus is low, but the risk for injury is high.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, in Binghamton encourages drivers to practice safe driving at all times, but to be especially alert where children are around.

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Experience counts. If your child has suffered injuries as a result of a New York vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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