Accidents involving injured schoolchildren happen right across the UK, but the fact is the majority of these could be prevented. There are many factors that can lead to issues outside schools, playgrounds and parks, and other areas where pupils routinely congregate. When kids are on a break from lessons, it is only natural that they can be excitable.
As they make their way towards snack outlets, they are likely to be travelling in clusters, impatient to get to their destination. Boisterous behaviour can lead to some individuals being shoved around.
In certain cases, youngsters can spill onto the roadway. But the onus should still be on motorists to remain attentive. A key component of safe driving is to be heading at a speed that will allow the brakes to be applied when an emergency stop has to be performed suddenly. Schools are always signposted.
Sometimes there are flashing lights cautioning traffic to reduce their speed to 20mph until they are past the most hazardous areas. Schools should ensure that crossing wardens are deployed to bottleneck zones so that crowds of children can be supervised as they face cars.
How should pupils be protected?
There should always be safeguards in place aimed at preventing injured schoolchildren incidents. Pupils should be supervised by teachers inside school buildings and playgrounds. Where there are car parks in the grounds, these should be controlled by signs and restrictive measures such as speed bumps.
Local authorities should implement appropriate safeguards, such as flashing road signs indicating speed restrictions, and lollipop personnel can be appointed to stop traffic accordingly. The schools should ensure that all pupils are kept in the picture about the likely road conditions in the proximity of the building.
You are one phone call away from the help you need
When your child becomes injured, perhaps one of the last things on your mind would be thinking of pursuing legal action. While that is understandable, you are perfectly entitled to consider recompense for your family’s stress. Don’t worry about having to looking into the details as Accident Advice Helpline will do that for you.
If you phone our helpline number: 0800 689 0500, we will ensure your situation is reviewed by our legal team. They can assess the circumstances of any accident, and provide no-obligation advice about a possible compensation claim. We always conduct these cases according to a strict no win, no fee* policy.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen