Few car journeys carry the importance of a safe conclusion as much as the school run. Whenever you are on the road, your own safety is dependant both on yourself and others, and this responsibility becomes increasingly magnified when children are involved.
Numerous road traffic accidents occur because of a variety of reasons, including:
– Impatience: Parents who are concerned that their children are late for school and often that they, subsequently, are going to be late for work sometimes seek short cuts and take risks. Frustrated drivers are far more likely to cause a traffic accident.
– Volume of traffic: With so many vehicles heading to the same destination, some collisions on the road seem inevitable. What’s important is that the consequences are as gentle as possible.
– Road safety: As pedestrians go, few have the capacity to cause an incident on the road quite like hordes of schoolchildren. Whether it’s a reluctance to attend at all, a desperation for one last hug with parents or the over excitement of seeing friends, it’s not uncommon for a child to take an unannounced step into the road.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to seriously limit both the likelihood and severity of road accidents on the school run. For example:
– Walk instead: Wherever possible, if you are able to walk your children to school then do so. A surprising number of vehicles on the road at school run time don’t really need to be there.
– Leave plenty of time: This will enable you to relax about getting to school on time and reduce the chances of a traffic accident occurring.
– Concentrate: Whilst it’s always great to hear about your child’s day or what they are looking forward to, it’s also important to only do so in an environment in which you can do it safely.
– Educate your child: The importance of road safety cannot be overstated and cannot be taught too early. The threat of road accidents can be greatly reduced if children are more aware of the risks.
If you do suffer an accident whilst on the school run, then Accident Advice Helpline can offer a team of experienced professionals who have dealt with child accident claims and road accident claims for more than 13 years.
There’s no obligation to continue with your accident claim after the initial conversation, but the team will be there every step of the way if you do.
To discuss your potential claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at school