This is the time of year when many kids in Georgia are heading back to school. This means that drivers may experience more traffic in areas where children are catching the school bus and in school zones. Children may also be walking or biking to schools in some areas, which means motorists should always be aware of their surroundings and use extra caution when navigating through areas where children may be present.
Tips for keeping children safe on the roads
One of the most important things for drivers to do when traveling through areas where children may be present is to stay alert. Drivers should avoid distractions and should be conscious of school zones, speed limits, and crosswalks. School buses make many stops when picking up and dropping off children and it’s the responsibility of drivers to stop when buses stop and to maintain a safe distance so children can get on and off the bus safely.
Drivers should not block crosswalks and should always yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street. Some areas may have crossing guards to provide added protection for children who need to cross the street. When traffic is heavy in the time before school begins and as school lets out in the afternoon, drivers may wish to use a different route to avoid congestion.
What to do when an accident happens
Sadly, each year, many children are injured on their way to school or on their way home. Many accidents can be prevented if Georgia drivers pay attention to their surroundings. Injuries to children can cause much trauma, both physically and mentally, and may require time to recover. Accident victims should be aware of their right to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.