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Back to School Safety Tips for Parents

Posted on in Personal Injury

school safety tips, school safety, San Jose personal injury attorneys, recreation-related accidents, traumatic brain injuryLate summer is the time when parents slowly wind down activities and start thinking about sending their children back to school. Amidst getting new clothes, shoes, backpacks, and other supplies, it is important to keep some general safety precautions in mind. Students face a serious risk of personal injuries as the result of slips and falls, sports-related injuries, and pedestrian or bicycle accidents. The following are tips designed to help you protect them in the school year ahead.

Preventing Back to School Pedestrian and Bike Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, pedestrian accidents are one of the biggest safety threats students face. Whether they walk or ride the bus to school, it is important to teach them a few general precautions:

  • Always wait for a crossing guard when crossing busy streets or intersections;
  • Use sidewalks at all times and avoid being distracted by phones, music, or other activities;
  • Be particularly careful when approaching parking lots or areas where there are lots of vehicles;
  • If dropped off by a parent at school, look both ways before exiting the vehicle;
  • If taking the bus, stand well behind the bus stop line and wait for the doors to open before attempting to board; and
  • When being dropped off at the end of the day, make sure the bus driver sees you and wait for them to signal before attempting to cross the street.

For children who ride bikes to school, many of the same suggestions apply. Cross only at designated intersections, be alert to oncoming traffic and sudden movements by drivers, avoid distractions, and wear an approved bicycle safety helmet at all times.

Precautions to Prevent Personal Injuries

In addition to protecting your children against bicycle and pedestrian accidents, you also want to take the steps needed to prevent other types of personal injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school sports and recreation-related accidents are a significant threat, impacting more than two million school-age children each year. Slips and falls or being struck by or against other players can leave children suffering soft tissue injuries, broken bones, and concussions resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The following offers ways you can protect them:

  • Make sure activities your child engages in are appropriate for their age and skill level;
  • Make sure all coaching staff and program administrators have proper training and are well versed in safety procedures;
  • Check to ensure the proper equipment is used, particularly safety gear such as helmets and pads; and
  • Check flooring surfaces to ensure they provide the appropriate cushioning.

When an injury does occur, children should be removed from play and parents should be notified immediately. Get any injuries checked out by your doctor and do not allow your child to resume activities before being cleared to do so.

Contact Us Today for Help

At Jachimowicz Law Group, we know that your children are your top priority. We help you get the compensation they need to recover when accidents and injuries occur. Contact our office online and request a consultation with our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys today.








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