Risk of road accidents higher in first year of secondary school

Safety campaigners have highlighted the dangers that exist for children going to their first year of secondary school as opposed to the final year of their primary school. The latest figures which hail from 2012 reveal that the risk of road accidents is greater during this first year. Indeed according to the figures it is 71% greater – a significant difference. This applies to children who walk to school or cycle.

Furthermore the figures also reveal more children are hurt in accidents on the roads in September than during any other month of the year. This is the month in which the new school year begins. Clearly there is a very real danger that children going to their new secondary school are more at risk of road accidents than they would be at any other time in their school life. It is thought this is the case because secondary school marks the time when children are able to go to school on their own instead of being accompanied by their parents. In addition they will be taking a new route to a new school and they may not be fully aware of all the dangers that are present.

What are the dangers of children being involved in road accidents?

Children should ideally be brought up with an awareness of how dangerous the roads can be. They should know how dangerous it is to cross without looking, or in certain places on the roads. Pedestrians of all ages are always more likely to come off worse in an accident involving any other vehicle. Children can be less aware and less experienced in this sense, which means they could end up being hurt on the roads. Injuries can range from the relatively minor to the very serious, and unfortunately some are killed on our roads every year.

Do you need legal advice regarding an accident involving your child?

No one wants to see their child hurt, but if this story sounds familiar and you’d like to seek legal advice about an accident involving your child, contact Accident Advice Helpline now. We can give you no-obligation advice and find out if you have a chance of starting a no win, no fee* case for compensation following an accident. Try taking the 30-second online test you’ll find on our website to determine whether you might be in this situation and whether compensation is a possibility.

Source: Wales Online 

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