Whether you are a child or adult, motorist or pedestrian, it is important to be aware of the back to school season and how to limit risks of injury during this busy time.
No matter if you are operating a truck, car, or motorcycle you must abide by the rules of the road to avoid an accident. Operating a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility and if you do not take proper safety measures you can seriously injure or kill yourself or others involved. Follow these safety tips to lower your risk:
Share the Road
Use good judgment when driving on the roads. This means giving other drivers an appropriate amount of space while driving behind them. Allow pedestrians and bikers to use the road safely. If you encounter a walker or rider slow down and make sure you give them enough space.
School Bus Safety
School buses are on the road very often during this time of year. These vehicles make frequent stops to let children off at their stops. Make sure you are taking this into account when behind a school bus by staying alert and giving them room to make their stops safely.
You never know when an accident can occur. If you are on your phone while driving, you won’t be able to spot a child crossing the road in front of you or a person trying to get into their parked car. Paying attention while operating a vehicle is a necessity.
Protect Your Teen Driver from Injury
If your children are in high school, they may have the chance to drive to school alone this year. Keep in mind that they are brand new to this skill, so they need to be extra aware of their surroundings and their actions. Teenagers who are new to driving have a significantly higher risk of being involved in an accident. Car accidents are the leading cause of teenage death, killing around 4,000 teens ages 15 to 19 annually. Communicate with your children the importance of safe driving. This means:
- No use of cell phones while operating a vehicle
- Paying full attention to the road
- Driving the speed limit
- Always wearing seatbelts
- Keeping music volume down so they can focus on the road
- Absolutely no drugs or alcohol.
Ride with your teen driver until they feel comfortable and secure with the rules of the road. Driving is serious and vehicle safety should not be taken lightly.
If your child walks to school, make sure they know how to stay safe on their commute. Children must understand that walking with a buddy is always safer than walking alone. Obstructions like school buses, street signs, or parked vehicles can prevent a pedestrian and a driver from seeing each other, so make sure they are focused and wait until the coast is clear before crossing the street.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle accident contact Rob Levine & Associates. Our car accident lawyers can assess your situation and get you the compensation you deserve. We work on Personal Injury cases in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Our law firm works on Social Security and Veterans Disability cases Nationwide.