Preventing School Zone Accidents

slow school zone sign with green trees

School is back in session, which means school zones are active again. It’s important to be especially cautious in these areas to prevent a tragic accident. Let’s go over some safety tips to keep in mind this back-to-school season.

Common Reasons for School Zone Accidents

School zones are set up to keep drivers and pedestrians safe during school hours. However, there are still many reasons why accidents occur in these areas.

Some possible causes of an accident include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Reckless drivers
  • Failure to stop when directed
  • Pedestrians crossing outside of crosswalks or in unexpected areas
  • Speeding above the posted limit
  • Passing a school bus
  • Poor roadway design and traffic flow

Safety Tips When In a School Zone

For Drivers

If you are driving and see school zone signs, make sure that you take notice of the new, decreased speed limit. Be sure to drive at or below that level for the full duration of the school zone.

Additionally, always pay attention to the road ahead of you and all visible surroundings. Being alert to potential obstacles can help you avoid a collision should something unexpected occur.

If cars are stopped or parked nearby, go slowly around them. Children may unexpectedly run to or from the vehicle.

For Pedestrians and Parents

If you are walking in a school zone, watch out for traffic. These areas are especially busy during school drop off and pick up times. Stay in crosswalks or on sidewalks to avoid an accident.

If you have children, inform them about the importance of being safe when outside of their school. You may choose to set up a plan for how they should safely walk to and from your car or their bus.

Personal Injury After an Albany School Zone Accident

If you or your child was injured in a school zone, you may be entitled to compensation. At Schillinger & Associates, we can help establish the root cause of the accident as well as who can and should be held liable. Discuss your situation with our compassionate team today; click here or call directly at (518) 413-0889.