Talk to Your Children about Back-to-School Pedestrian and Bike Safety
It’s almost time for the rituals associated with going back to school, and that makes it a good time to talk to your kids about getting to school safely. If your kids head to school on foot or by bike, it’s a good idea to revisit the rules of pedestrian and bike safety with them. Walking or biking to school not only fosters independence but also provides your kids with some healthy exercise each day. There are, however, safety concerns that should be taken into careful consideration in the process. If your child has been injured as a pedestrian or bike accident, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Round Rock personal injury lawyer on your side.
Map out the Safest Route
Talk to your children about finding the safest route to their school. Several factors can play a role in this process, including:
- If there’s a bike path, use it – even if it makes your bike trip longer.
- If walking, stick to sidewalks. If there is an area without a sidewalk, walk facing traffic while staying as far away from moving vehicles as possible.
- Find a route with the fewest intersections possible and incorporate intersections with adult crossing guards whenever possible.
- Choose a route that you and your child are comfortable with and that bypasses potential dangers such as dogs that roam free, vacant buildings, inadequate lighting, road construction, and suspicious activity.
If your children are younger, take a practice trip or two with them to ensure they are comfortable with their route and to scope out any potential dangers that you may not have considered.
Refresh the Rules
Take the time to refresh your children’s knowledge about pedestrian and bike safety:
- It’s safest to walk in groups and to cross the street in groups. If feasible, use a buddy system for walking to and from school.
- Always follow all posted safety signs, signals, and lights (make sure your kids understand their meanings) – whether on foot or on a bike.
- Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes that allow you to bike or hoof it with ease and greater security.
- Make sure to incorporate a piece of reflective fabric into either a backpack or a piece of outerwear for greater visibility.
- When on foot or on a bike, always err on the side of caution. If you aren’t sure whether it’s safe to cross, wait until you are sure.
- Stick to the route you’ve mapped out for yourself. If a problem arises with this route, formulate a new plan.
If Your Child Has Been Injured in a Pedestrian or Bike Accident, Consult with a Skilled Round Rock Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Back to school is an exciting time for kids everywhere. If your child has been injured on the way to or from school, however, it’s an entirely different story. Attorney Elissa Henry at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC, in Round Rock, Texas, understands how difficult your situation is, and she has the experience, compassion, and dedication to help. For more information, please contact or call us at (512) 766-4529 today.