Montgomery Back-to-School Safety in Focus

Children are back in school and this time of year always brings with it serious accident risks.

According to officials with the National Safety Council (NSC), there’s a new partnership to help to protect the millions of students who are back in school. They’ve partnered with First Student, the largest provider of student transportation services in North America, to share important safety information as the academic year gets underway.
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Our Montgomery child injury attorneys know many children are too young to fully understand the risks — starting with their bus stop and bicycle and pedestrian safety within their neighborhoods. We’re sharing some important safety tips and asking you to share them with your youngest family members.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 4,200 people killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2010. That means that there was a pedestrian fatality every 2 hours and another pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. As a matter of fact, pedestrians are about twice as likely to be killed in a collision compared to the occupants of a passenger vehicle.

One out of every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in a traffic accident was a pedestrian.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 100 pedestrians killed on Alabama roadways in 2011. These fatalities accounted for about 10 percent of all of the traffic deaths witnessed throughout the year. And many of them were children.

Back To School Safety:

-Make sure that children are provided with a safe way to get to school. If walking, this should be a route that is equipped with sidewalks, crosswalks and signaled intersections.
-Practice this route with your child before allowing them to travel alone.

-Make sure children know to make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross the road. You want to make sure that your child is seen by the drivers before crossing.
-When there are sidewalks – use them. When there are no sidewalks, make sure that they walk facing traffic.

-Children should walk in groups. Team up with other parents in the neighborhood and organize a walk-together. Make sure that all parents are on the same page.
-Don’t let children walk outside when it’s dark outside. This is when they face higher risks for an accident.

-Always walk. Avoid running. Walking allows drivers time for a child to see them before entering the roadway.

-Children should always be cautious of vehicles that are turning or backing up.
-Never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.

If your child has suffered an injury in Alabama, contact the child injury attorneys at Allred & Allred P.C. for experienced advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 1-866-942-9315.

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