It’s that time of year again! Now that summer vacation is over, parents
and children throughout the country are preparing for the upcoming school
year. It is important to understand—and share with your kids—some
key tips that will help keep them safe from harm’s way.
Although parents are often referring to school violence due to recent events,
remember that children are more likely to sustain an unintentional injury.
One of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities among school-age
children are transportation-related classes. Whether your child walks,
takes the bus, or rides their bicycle to school, he/she must take proper
Walking to school with your child is a great way to get exercise and help
them prepare for the subjects of the day. Children under 10 years of age
should be accompanied by an adult to ensure they are walking safely.
The following are several safety tips for walking to school:
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there isn’t one, walk on the edge of the
street facing traffic.
- Prior to crossing the street, stop and look left, right, and then left
again to see any oncoming vehicles.
- Use crosswalks whenever they are available to cross the street.
- Never dart out in front of a parked vehicle.
- Avoid texting or talking on the phone while walking.
Riding the School Bus
School buses are considered one of the safest ways a child can travel to
and from school. However, there are dangers when kids are boarding or
leaving the bus.
Teach your child to always play it SAFE:
Stay five steps away from the curb
Always wait for the bus driver to allow you to board
Face forward after sitting down on the bus
Exit the bus when it stops, then look left, right, and left again, finally
take five steps away from the bus toward the curb.
Children and bicycles go hand-in-hand. They can be a fun and quick way
to get to school. However, sharing the road with motor vehicles can be
Here are some safety tips for children who ride their bikes to school:
- Always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and secured.
- Wear bright-colored clothing to appear visible to other motorists.
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Stay in the bike lane whenever possible.
- Always stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride in the same direction
as other vehicles.
- Keep an eye out for opening car doors and other hazards
- Use hand signals when turning.
- If possible, try to ride with others.
When teenagers finally get their license, they can’t wait to hit
the road and enjoy their new-found freedom. Unfortunately, teens are the
largest age group who are victims of fatal car accidents caused by distracted
driving. Additionally, their inexperience behind the wheel often makes
them not prepared for unexpected road conditions, leading to collisions.
The following are several safety tips for teen drivers:
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Avoid texting or talking on your cell phone while driving.
- Avoid having many passengers in your vehicle.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Yield to pedestrians on crosswalks.
- Drive slowly in school zones.
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury caused by the negligent
actions of another person in New York,
request a free consultation with our
NYC personal injury attorney at
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today.