Drivers can take certain steps to avoid the possibility of being involved in a car accident outside school. At certain times of the day the frequency of traffic outside these buildings increases dramatically. The morning and afternoon school runs will see a lot of cars making the short-term journeys from home to school, and there is often a degree of impatience as parents and pupils fret about lateness.
Finding parking spaces is often a significant undertaking, with so many other motorists searching at the same time. All these factors can lead to carelessness, such as failure to check mirrors prior to manoeuvring.
In order to stay safe, it is important to remain fully alert while approaching schools, whether you are dropping anyone off, or passing that vicinity en route to your own destination. Other vehicles are less predictable in these circumstances. In many cases the school run might be a rare occasion when someone gets behind a wheel if their usual mode is public transport.
Inexperience will cause motorists to make misjudgments. You must also be wary of children; the sight of a friend on the opposite side of the road can prompt someone to unexpectedly step into your path.
What might the after-effects be?
A car accident outside school will be traumatic for all concerned. Depending on the vehicle’s speed, the type of injuries that can be inflicted will range from cuts and bruising to broken bones. While it is imperative to deal with anyone who has required medical attention, what will be less appreciated is the psychological impact, even when the accident victims are young.
Post-traumatic stress can kick in at any time. This can have a dramatic effect on the sufferer, affecting confidence, and leading to issues such as insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, or even outbreak of depression.
Have you considered the possibility of compensation?
Where an accident occurred within the past three years, and there is evidence of negligence that has led to the incident, there may well be the possibility of a compensation claim. If you would like this matter to be thoroughly investigated by professional experts, with no obligation to take the matter further, here’s what you should do.
Firstly, phone Accident Advice Helpline, on: 0800 689 0500. We have ample experience of situations just like this, building an excellent reputation for undertaking the comprehensive analysis that can allow the case to be made for a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen