Massachusetts and Rhode Island children are all back to school this week, so it is even more important to curb dangerous habits behind the wheel, like distracted driving. Auto-pedestrian car accidents and auto-bicycle car accidents result in severe catastrophic injury and even accidental death. Many schools like Classical High School on Westminster St. in Providence, or New Bedford‘s John A. Parker Elementary see quite a bit of traffic in front of and around the school, which can lead to dangerous situations during the morning commute, or when school let’s out. Taking a few extra precautions will go a long way toward keeping our children safe.
Tips For Sharing the Road with Student Pedestrians
- Never block a crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn.
- Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection, especially in a school zone.
- Always stop for a school crossing guard or patrol officer holding up a stop sign.
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
- Be aware that children tend to be less responsible and that it may be up to YOU to avoid them.
Sharing the Road with Student Bicyclists
- When passing a bicyclist, leave at least 3 feet between your vehicle and the bicycle.
- If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
- Watch out for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
- Be extra vigilant in school zones and around residential neighborhoods.
- Watch out for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
- Always check side mirrors before opening your door
Sharing the Road with School Buses
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended, all traffic must stop.
- The area directly around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop with enough room to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Always be alert. children can be unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
- If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car.
- It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
Experienced Massachusetts / Rhode Island Auto-Pedestrian & Auto-Bicycle Accident Attorney
If your child has been injured in an auto-pedestrian or auto-bicycle car accidents due to a driver’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact us and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the settlement that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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