The daily school run presents parents with a combination of risks they would not normally have to face all at once, whether walking or on the road.
To begin with, parents are likely to be more distracted than usual. They may be running late; children may be creating mayhem in the back of the car, and traffic is usually busier at this time of the day. Even if you remain calm and attentive, another parent may be sufficiently harassed to cause a road traffic accident.
Close to the school, parked vehicles can restrict your vision, making it difficult to spot vehicles coming out of side roads, for example. Car doors opening unexpectedly, adults or children suddenly stepping out from behind cars, and children and/or their parents crossing the road carelessly to get into the school on time all significantly increase the risk of car accidents.
Parents running late or having to ‘squeeze’ taking their kids to school in before heading to work may also be tempted to speed. Taking corners too fast or an inability to brake in time when unexpected vehicles or people appear in front of them could all too easily result in a potentially serious motoring accident.
Many children cycle to school. This means drivers not only face the above-mentioned risks, but also have to look out for greater numbers of cyclists than usual. Pedestrians stepping into the road unexpectedly and child cyclists weaving in and out of congested traffic are probably among the most common causes of injuries by vehicle accidents during the ‘school run’ period.
To make matters worse, some drivers may not have had a great deal of sleep the night before and could be too tired to pay proper attention to where they are going first thing in the morning. When picking the kids up from school, parents may be fatigued after long hard days at work as well. Fatigue is a very common cause of accidents on the road, so this kind of scenario further increases the list of risks faced by parents on the school run.
If you sustain an injury by a traffic accident caused by a distracted, tired or generally careless driver, you could be eligible to claim for driver injury compensation.
You can learn more about making claims for driver or passenger injury compensation by calling the Freephone advice line provided by Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our law firm boasts years of experience in the car accident and general personal injury claim sector.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice