School run injuries can happen in areas that seem to be relatively safe. All it takes is a moment’s lapse in concentration for accidents to occur. The morning and afternoon runs represent a time when roads within the proximity of a school are congested with pedestrians and road users.
Younger children are less inclined to be paying full attention to the dangers posed by passing cars, while kids of any age can sometimes be behaving boisterously, failing to remain observant in the face of hazards.
When the school run is underway, there will be a heavier volume of traffic in the vicinity of the school building. Crossing patrol officers are routinely deployed near schools, but there is only so much coverage possible with these designated staff. Pupils will be attempting to cross roads at numerous points.
Vehicles do not always have convenient parking places, so drivers are liable to pull in at points where they impede pedestrian views of the roadway. Once their charges have been dropped off, the parent might well be in a rush to get away from the bustling area and on to other commitments, such as work, leading to oversights.
Consequences of dangerous driving
Children travelling to and from school are especially vulnerable. School run injuries can be prevented by measures aimed at reducing speed, and the deployment of ‘lollipop’ people, but accidents will still happen. The lower centre of gravity of a child means that any collision with a vehicle can lead to serious injury, such as blows to the head.
Pupils who are making their way to school with friends can be excitable, and may not be paying full attention to traffic, particularly when they are crossing roads. However, it is up to motorists to make allowances for this, and drive with due care.
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Any injury involving a child will be traumatic for the family. But you should be aware that there are health and safety regulations aimed at protecting children, and any breach of these can be evidence of negligence.
If you would like this matter investigated, look no further than Accident Advice Helpline. If you call our free hotline, 0800 689 0500, we will ensure your details are referred to our team of compensation claims lawyers.
They will assess your circumstances and advise whether you might qualify for a no-win, no fees claim.