Summer is winding to an end. Unlike many British summers blighted by endless drizzle, many of us are actually likely to take notice as we return to work, school or University this year.
Among the concerns of many parents is sure to be the cost and fuss of getting our children ready for the new term. Whatever our youngsters have been up to over the summer, it’s a sure thing that many of us will be concerned about their safety. We must once again concern ourselves with the busy and often under supervised school run. We spoke to one parent and part-time crossing guard (that’s ‘Lolipop person’, to most of us!) skilled in avoiding injury claim type events to get some top tips for keeping kids safe at drop-off time! This person would know, children are injured in Lancashire more than anywhere else in the country except London, with Manchester and Preston being particular hotspots.
Back to school means fresh dangers – tips for parents on the school run to avoid an injury claim in Lancashire
1. Injury claims in Lancashire are often caused by ignoring advice given by school and local authorities, so don’t take short cuts! Much time and money will be spent establishing where the safest places to drop children off should be, so don’t take the risk of dropping children further away from the school in hopes of avoiding traffic.
2. Make sure your children are fully familiar with road traffic safety! Injury claims in Lancashire are frequently avoidable and it shouldn’t just fall to the schools to teach children the essentials of the Green Cross Code. Our injury claim advisor suggests that our increasingly vehicular and mobile 21st Century families walk the streets together with staggering infrequency, giving children less and less opportunity to learn about real road safety. Don’t let your child become a statistic!
3. Injury claims in Lancashire don’t just involve children on the roadsides, but are often caused by drivers just like you. People who get up in the morning with not enough time to spare and without enough sleep to safely drive. If you are too tired to drive, then don’t! and never be in a rush – injury claims don’t take a break, but you certainly should!
4. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and serviced. Many accidents could have been avoided if tyres and breaks were in their correct condition. Don’t let the guilt of faulty breaks chase you around after an injury claim in Lancashire!
5. Be sure to pay close attention to where you park. We all know what the roads around a suburban school can look like in the mornings and afternoons, with rushed parents pulling up in all kinds of places to deposit or collect. However, be aware that this kind of congestion influences pedestrian traffic too, with the results that children will dash between cars or cross in improper places, exposing themselves to harm.
What should you do if involved in an injury claim in Lancashire?
By talking to the friendly and highly trained advisors at Accident Advice Helpline you could quickly find out whether you could be entitled with compensation to help you cope with your injuries. Just call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for a no obligation chat today!
Date Published: 18th November 2013
Author: David Brown