According to statistics, 100 children walking or biking to and from school are killed every year in accidents that occur in school zones. An additional 25,000 children are injured in school zone accidents as well each year. While school zone accidents have decreased for children under the age of 12, fatalities for children between the ages of 12 and 18 have increased. This is in large part due to children who may be on electronic devices while walking to school, coupled with distracted drivers.
Teenagers who are on electronic devices may not look at the road before they enter a crossing. In fact, a recent study found that 1 in 4 high school teens and 1 in 6 middle school kids engaged in distracted walking in school zones. In addition, 1 in 3 parents engaged in risky and unsafe driving behavior while dropping off or picking up their kids. This included texting while driving and parking in unsafe non drop-off designated locations.
So, how can drivers do their part to help make school zones safer for children?
Keeping children safe on their way to and from school is every driver’s responsibility. If your child is injured in an accident, we can help. Our Fort Collins car accident lawyers have been helping injured accident victims and families in the Fort Collins region for years. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation.