Back to school can be an exciting time and can mean new friends, new opportunities, and sometimes even a new school. However, back to school injuries are not uncommon – especially when students are on their way to and from school.
Although there are certain actions that students can sometimes take to lessen their chances of a back-to-school injury, accidents and injuries are sometimes unavoidable. This is especially true when another individual’s negligence brings about the accident that leads to the student’s injury.
If your son or daughter suffered an injury in an accident while on the way to school, call the South Bend personal injury attorneys at Blackburn & Green as soon as possible. Our experienced legal team can review the circumstances which led to your accident and help you pursue top dollar for your claim.
Dangers in Walking to School
One of the most serious dangers that students face in walking or biking to school is other motor vehicle drivers on the roadway. While it might be pleasant to think that drivers are always on the lookout for pedestrians, sadly, that is not always the case. Pedestrians who are at or near intersections have to be especially vigilant.
Accidents on the way to school can occur anywhere, but the most common locations include parking lots, sidewalks, and traffic intersections – even those where a crosswalk is present. Students who are injured while walking to school might have a claim against the responsible party and/or the responsible individual’s insurance company. For example, the accident victim could make a claim against an at-fault motor vehicle operator whose vehicle strikes him or her in a crosswalk. Similarly, the injured student might have a claim against the city for a slip and fall injury that occurs near a construction site or because of an improperly maintained sidewalk.
Steps Students can Take to Avoid Accidents While Walking to School
There are several important measures that students can take to avoid accidents while walking to school, including the following:
- Looking both ways for vehicles when crossing an intersection at a crosswalk – especially a busy intersection
- Always walking on the sidewalk if one is available
- If no sidewalk is available, walking towards the traffic
- Refraining from playing with cell phones or other electronic devices while walking, so that they are fully aware of their surroundings at all times
- Refraining from playing or running around cars, including vehicles which look like they are parked
Even when students are vigilant, however, serious accidents can and do occur. When they do, you should contact an experienced South Bend personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Talk to a South Bend Personal Injury Attorney Today
Personal injuries on the way to school are unfortunately all too frequent. At Blackburn & Green, our experienced team of lawyers can help your son or daughter pursue compensation for injuries and damages when someone else was at fault for the accident in question.