As children across Scotland get ready for their first day back at school, many parents will be breathing a sigh of relief that their kids will finally be back in the classroom after a tumultuous year, and they can hang up their ‘teacher’ hats after intense periods of homeschooling.
However, whilst we inch closer towards normality and away from the risks of COVID-19, there’s a considerable risk to children that remains ever-present – the risk of road traffic accidents.
The RAC Foundation recently reported that child fatalities from road traffic accidents actually increased in 2020 to 52 reported child casualties, an increase from 49 casualties in 2019. A cause for even more concern is that almost half of all accidents on UK roads take place during the school run. In a study conducted by Admiral, they found that 43% of road traffic accidents throughout the UK occur during 8am and 9am and 5pm and 6pm. The increase of traffic during peak rush hour times, resulting in more stressed drivers on the road, can be a deadly combination for children walking to school especially in urban locations.
Here at Bonnar Accident Law, we understand the worry that parents will have over their child’s safety. If your child has suffered an injury that wasn’t their fault, you could raise a personal injury claim on their behalf. We have significant experience handling these types of claims and will work tirelessly to obtain your child the highest compensation possible. If you have any questions, get in touch today, or keep reading for our top road safety tips to make the school run that much safer.
Walking to School Safety Tips
- Walk to school with your children until you are confident that they can do so safely by themselves
- Make sure your children are familiar with the safest route possible, and encourage them to walk with friends so they’re not alone
- Encourage your children, especially during the darker nights in winter, to wear something bright or fluorescent when walking to or from school, to make sure drivers can see them
- Advise your children to only use the pedestrian crossings to cross the road and to only walk on the pavements and footpaths
- Stop Look and Listen – make sure road safety is a conversation with your children and teach them how to crossroads safety and what hazards they should look out for
Driving Road Safety Tips
- Make sure your children are wearing seatbelts and are sat in the appropriate child seat if necessary
- Keep an eye out for school zone signs and reduce your speed the minute you approach the area surrounding a school
- Be sure to obey any lollipop men or women who may be helping children cross the road
- Be hyper vigilant as children may cross the road at an inconvenient time or in an unexpected place, due to a lack of road awareness
- Reduce your speed, no matter how much of a rush you might be in and be aware of both the speed limit and any speed bumps
If your child has been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault and you would like more information, please get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors today.