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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common accidents on the school run

    Busy roads, parked cars and tiredness can combine to turn a school run into an accident waiting to happen. Not surprisingly accidents on the school run are sadly quite common. Here are some of the most common school run accidents.

    Common accidents on the school run

    The most common accidents on the school run are caused by:

    • Fatigue
    • Distraction
    • Speeding
    • Parked vehicles
    • Cyclists

    Let’s look at this causes of school run related accidents in a little more detail.


    Affecting your attention and reaction times, lack of sleep during the night or being tired after a long day’s work is responsible for a great deal of school run incidents.


    The combination of being tired, potentially running late, high traffic volume and kids bickering in the car can all too easily distract a parent sufficiently to cause an accident on the school run.

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    When you are running late and somehow have to get the kids to school before heading to work, there is a temptation to make up for lost time by speeding. Excessive speed may make it impossible to stop in time to prevent a vehicle collision or hitting a pedestrian stepping out into the road.

    Parked vehicles

    During the school run period, there will be more cars parked near the school than usual. Parents and children in a hurry may step or run out from behind parked cars, which is likely to cause a road accident, especially if drivers are speeding as well.


    With many children cycling to school, the risk of hitting a cyclist weaving in and out of traffic is substantially higher at this time of the day. Add speed, tiredness and distraction to the scenario and you could have potentially serious accidents on the school run.

    Hurt on a school run

    If you were injured in a traffic accident while taking your children to school, you could qualify for driver injury compensation if:

    • Someone else was responsible for your road traffic accident
    • Your accident on the run to school occurred within the past three years

    Our Accident Advice Helpline team of advisors can provide you with helpful, no-obligation advice on claiming car accident compensation.

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    To speak to one of our advisors, call our freephone helpline from your mobile or any UK landline on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 respectively. Any details you will be asked to provide will remain strictly confidential.

    Date Published: May 2, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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