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Get your kids to and from school safely this fall

  • September 13, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • car accident, cycling injury, pedestrian injury, personal injury, road safety, Toronto personal injury lawyers, Will Davidson LLP,

For Ontario’s families, September is a flurry of activity: the days are cooler, vacations are over, and, most importantly, the kids are back in the classroom, meeting new friends and learning new things. As our frantic schedules get back under way, of course, safety risks tend to emerge. According to Allstate Insurance Canada, the first day of school is often the most dangerous of the year on Canadian roads, and September as a whole is a surprisingly risky month. With that in mind, our team of Toronto personal injury lawyers wants to share some advice to ensure your kids get to and from school safely, no matter how they travel.

Travel by Bus

If your kids take a school bus to school, you can rest easy: Transport Canada reports that school buses are among the safest methods of transportation, 16 times safer than traveling by family car. Still, before your kids hop on the bus this September 5, make sure they know to use the handrail as they board and disembark, take their seats as quickly as possible, keep their arms and heads inside the windows, and always avoid standing up or walking through the aisles when the bus is in motion.

Travel by Car

Unfortunately, victims of private automobile accidents make up a large percentage of Toronto personal injury lawyers’ clients, and in September distracted driving is a leading cause. During this busy time of the year, it’s natural for drivers’ focus to drift as they readjust to a hectic schedule. With children in the car and on the roads, however, drivers must take all necessary precautions: plan your route in advance, keep music at a low volume, and give yourself more time than usual to avoid rushing.

Travel by Bike

Families that live in more central regions, or who simply live nearby their children’s school, may encourage their kids to bike to class. Cycling is a great way for kids to keep active and get some much-needed fresh air in the mornings and afternoons. Before allowing your children to ride to school, though, you must be confident that they are prepared to ride unsupervised. The Canada Safety Council recommends ensuring that they can scan the road ahead and check behind them without swerving. They should also understand and respect traffic rules, signs, and signals. You’ll also want to make sure they wear a properly fitted helmet and that their bike is in good working order and equipped with the necessary bells, lights, and reflectors.

Travel by Foot

Walking is another option for kids that live near their schools, and while it may seem like a safe choice, Toronto personal injury lawyers are all too aware of the dangers pedestrians face on city streets. If your child walks to school, ensure you know the route they take and consider walking it with them a few times. Encourage them to make use of designated crosswalks and stop lights and to make eye contact with drivers before crossing to ensure they’re seen. If possible, arrange to have a friend walk with them who can call for help in case of emergencies.

Toronto Personal Injury Lawyers

By taking these steps, you’re doing all you can to ensure your kids get to and from school safely each day. However, accidents do sometimes happen, and if you or a member of your family is injured in a traffic accident, be sure to call the Toronto personal injury lawyers at Will Davidson LLP to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

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