How to walk safely to and from school

It’s that time of year again – it’s back to school for the kids! Despite summer tourist traffic winding down, it is still important to ensure our children are safe while traveling to and from school. If your children travel to school by walking, read on for important tips to keep your kids safe.

• Always walk on the sidewalk facing traffic.
-If there is no sidewalk available and you must walk on the road, walk facing traffic. This allows drivers to see you quickly.

• Be seen!
-Wearing brightly colored clothing, using a flashlight, or wearing reflective material on your shoes or clothing can be the difference between getting to your destination safely and a serious injury. Do all you can to ensure drivers can see you.

• Always use the crosswalk.
-Cross the street only at crosswalks. This is where drivers expect to see pedestrians, and will usually take extra precautions. Follow pedestrian signs and signals, and always keep your eyes on the traffic.

• More Safety tips for crossing the street:
-Stop at the curb or at the edge of the road if there is no curb.

-Stop and look left, then right, then left again for any moving vehicles before you step in the street.

-If you see a car, wait until it passes.

-When no cars are coming and it is safe to cross, walk –do not run—across the road. Be aware at all times and continue to look left and right for cars while you are crossing.

Following these simple safety tips is an easy way to keep your children safe. Here at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc., we encourage everyone to always be aware. Whether you are a pedestrian or the driver of a vehicle, it is extremely important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. This awareness will help you to avoid accidents that could injure you or potentially injure others.

If you or someone you know was a pedestrian and injured due to the negligence of the driver of a vehicle, give Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. a call today. We offer free case consultations and can get you the help you need.

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