School is back in session in many areas of Texas, which means there may be more drivers on the road at certain times of day. With the start of school, law enforcement is warning drivers of the importance of paying careful attention while operating a vehicle.
Distracted driving continues to be a serious problem and one of the leading causes of accidents in the state, and this can be especially dangerous for people walking, biking or traveling to school. Estimates suggest that as many as 13 percent of Texas school children either walk or ride a bike to school.
The importance of increased safety
People who walk or ride bikes are particularly vulnerable to the impact of a vehicle. Distraction greatly increases the risks of an accident, and children walking or biking to school may be especially at risk. Consider the following facts about children, pedestrian accidents and other factors:
- Most pedestrian accidents involving children take place in the afternoon, likely while they are biking or walking home from school.
- Statistics indicate that teens are more likely to receive injury in these types of accidents than younger children.
- Drivers have the responsibility of being especially cautious and careful around children and near school zones.
- Parents can reduce the chance of an accident by educating their children about road safety and risks.
Every driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If a person engages in distracting or other types of negligent behaviors while driving and causes an accident, that person could be financially liable for damages.
If you were injured in an accident or your child was the victim of a reckless driver, you have rights and may wish to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.