Going back to school? Keep these tips in mind

Posted September 2nd, 2014 by .

Categories: Personal Injury.

back-to-school-safety-tipsFor many New Jersey parents and students, Labor Day has a particular significance.  For some, school will start today.  Alternatively, some schools will open another day this week.  We are pleased to provide you with some safety tips to avoid accidents and subsequent personal injury.

School buses

The roads will have added congested as school buses resurface as a part of traffic.  Take heed of New Jersey school bus laws as they pertain to passing:

  • Flashing lights on school buses have a distinct purpose.  The yellow lights alert other motorists that the school bus is about to stop to pick up or discharge passengers.  Once the red light is activated, vehicles in both directions are expected to stop not less than 25 feet from the school bus.  They may not move their cars until the school bus driver has turned off the red blinking lights.  Failure to obey this law carries serious penalties.
  • Parents or guardians should encourage children to sit on the bus with their seat belts fastened, if available.  Older school buses may not contain seat belts.  However, most New Jersey school buses are equipped with lap belt restraints.  Children should be accustomed to seat belts as a habit learned from rides in passenger cars.
  • Children should be also advised of the importance in following the rules of the bus driver and any bus aides.  This may avoid the potential for accidents and injuries.

Bicyclists     

Students who ride their bikes to school should be educated on safety laws.  At the minimum, make sure they are aware of the following:

  • Helmets are a requirement for all individuals under age 17.  Although we do not encourage passengers on bicycles, they should also be equipped with helmets.  Helmets have been proven to prevent some serious issues, such as traumatic brain injury.
  • Make sure your child understands that they must follow the rules required by motor vehicles.  This includes obeying traffic signals.  Bicycles should be operated in the same direction of traffic.

Playground Safety 

According to the National Safety Council, playground injuries are a common concern.  New Jersey is one of only three states that have specific regulations regarding playgrounds.  Teach your children to follow the basics to avoid accidents:

  • Students should be alerted to check to make sure their shoes are tied.  It is not uncommon for children to trip over their own laces.
  • Swings represent potential hazards.  Advice youngsters of the dangers of walking in front of them.
  • Children should be reminded of the risks associated with climbing on various types of equipment.  Some communities have already removed “monkey bars” from their playgrounds.  There are many accidents associated with them.
  • Speak with your student about the hazards of using sliding boards inappropriately.  Encourage them to use them as intended.

If your child is involved in an accident at school or on a school bus, please contact us right away.  The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has handled these types of cases for more than 25 years.  We will be able to determine of someone is liable for your child’s injury.

In the meantime, welcome back, students!

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