School zones exist to alert drivers of the presence of children near their schools. School zones have lower speed limits and are there to promote a safe environment for children. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to drive recklessly through school zones, and fail to take steps to keep children safe. It’s been estimated that roughly 30,000 children suffer injuries in school zones each year.
Many drivers who drive through school zones are distracted by text messages or phone calls. Distracted driving is very dangerous, and some studies have shown that it is worse than drinking and driving. Drivers who drive through school zones while they are distracted may not be aware of speed limits and may fail to see children or other vehicles.
If you have school-age children, it’s important to educate them about traffic safety. They should know how to cross the street in a safe manner. This includes waiting until vehicles come to a stop before walking out into the street. Children should also pay careful attention to their surroundings as pedestrians. Providing education to your children proactively is the best way to ensure that they will stay safe as pedestrians.
If your child has been injured by an automobile while in a school zone, you should speak with an attorney. You and your child have legal rights, and an attorney can help protect those rights. If you are in the Los Angeles area, call me, Conal Doyle, California personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.