It’s That Time of Year Again: Fort Myers Injury Lawyer Offers Back to School Safety Tips

by Carmen Dellutri on August 21, 2013

Florida accident attorneyBack to school time is right around the corner here in Florida. As parents and children prepare for another school year, it is important to take some time to talk about safety, particularly when traveling to and from school.

Since 1998, 1,564 people have died in school transportation-related crashes—
an average of 142 fatalities per year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Commission. Pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for 20 percent of the deaths, and occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 8 percent.

To help kids stay injury free, we would like to share the following tips:

If kids are walking:

  • Map out a safe route to school and walk it with your child for a few days so they become familiar with the way.
  • Avoid crossing busy or high-speed streets.
  • Make sure your child crosses at intersections where there is a crossing guard.
  • Have children wear bright clothing that can be seen by drivers.
  • Start a neighborhood school walk by having a parent accompany a group of children to school. Take turns supervising, allowing others to rotate the chaperoning duties throughout the week.

If kids are riding the school bus:

  • Check to see if the school bus has lap and/or shoulder seat belts and if so, make sure your child uses them at all times. If no belts are available (which they often aren’t), make sure your child knows to stay seated when the bus is in motion.
  • Tell your child to wait for the bus to stop completely before trying to board or exit.
  • Teach him or her to look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Make sure children are aware that they need to remain in clear view of the bus driver when moving around the bus.
  • Children should only board and exit the bus in areas that are safe and/or close to the building.

Source: Consumer Reports

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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