We know children can get injured on the way to school. What can we do to help our children stay safe?

There is a lot parents can do to equip their children for a safe journey to and from school. Here are some ways your children can avoid hazards, depending on the mode of transportation (i.e. taking the bus, walking to school, riding a bike to school).

  • Taking the bus. The biggest concern when taking the bus is during the loading and unloading of students. To make sure your children are safe, talk to them about good bus safety, such as: walking to the bus with someone else, arriving to the bus stop five minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time, walking in front of the bus only, making sure they have the bus driver’s attention, and always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Walking to school. When children go to school on foot, make sure your children are taking the safest route possible. By walking the route yourself, you may be able to point out hazards and give pointers to your children. Also, make sure your children are walking with an adult or other children, as it is easier for drivers to spot a group of kids over an individual child.
  • Biking to school. Make sure your child wears a bicycle helmet and bright clothing. Also, it is important that your child rides to school with an adult or other children; children under the age of nine should never ride without adult supervision. Teach your children to use hand signals when turning and to always stop at intersections and look both ways before riding across a street.

Even if you have done your part and your child was being safe on his or her way to school, a negligent driver could cause your child serious harm. If your son or daughter was in a bus accident, pedestrian accident or bicycle accident on the way to or from school, you need to talk with a personal injury lawyer today. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 for a free consultation today.