Date: August 13, 2023Attorney: Joseph J. Discenza, Joseph J. Peters, Andrew R. Bronsnick, Michael F. Bevacqua, Jr., Damian P. Conforti, Jeffrey E. Grabelle, Ethan C. Wells and Raj Gadhok

As the school season kicks into gear, safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we are committed to ensuring your children have a safe and joyful academic year. While schools are expected to provide a secure learning environment, the reality is that unintentional injuries can occur on school grounds, around buses, and even in the neighborhood. It’s a collective responsibility of parents, students, school staff, and the community to take proactive measures to safeguard our children.

The Most Common Back-to-School Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Auto Accidents

  • Increased Traffic Awareness: School zones and areas around buses witness heightened traffic during drop-off and pick-up times. Drivers must exercise extra caution by adhering to speed limits and being prepared to stop suddenly.
  • Distracted Driving: Eliminate distractions like texting or phone calls while driving. Focus solely on the road and surroundings to prevent accidents.
  • Watch for Children: Children can be unpredictable. Keep an eye out for kids who might dart into the street unexpectedly.
  • Seat Belt Safety: Ensure all passengers wear seat belts. Young children should be securely fastened in appropriate car seats or booster seats.
  • Consider Carpooling: Carpooling or using designated drop-off areas can reduce congestion and enhance safety around schools.

Pedestrian Accidents

  • Adult Supervision: For younger children, adult supervision while walking to school is crucial.
  • Safety in Numbers: Walking in groups enhances visibility and safety. Encourage children to walk with friends when possible.
  • Crosswalk and Signal Etiquette: Teach children to always use designated crosswalks and obey traffic signals. Avoid distractions like phones or headphones.
  • Street Safety: Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street, make eye contact with drivers, and use sidewalks when available.

Bus Stop Accidents

  • Parental Presence: Accompany younger children to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives.
  • Safe Distance: Teach children to stand a safe distance from the road while waiting and to approach the bus only after it has fully stopped and the driver signals.
  • Boarding Safety: Emphasize using handrails and taking steady steps while getting on or off the bus.

Playground Accidents

  • Age-Appropriate Play: Choose playgrounds with equipment suitable for your child’s age. Look for lower heights and softer surfaces for younger kids.
  • Protective Surfacing: Ensure playgrounds have proper protective surfacing, like rubber mulch or tiles, to cushion falls.
  • Proper Usage: Teach children to use equipment as intended, avoid crowded areas, and take turns on swings and slides.
  • Regular Inspection: Regularly check for broken or damaged equipment. Report any issues to the appropriate authorities.

Prevention Is Key, But We’re Here to Help

Despite all precautions and well-intentioned efforts, accidents can still occur due to the negligence of others. At Mandelbaum Barrett, our primary concern is ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones as they return to school this year. Our team of personal injury lawyers is dedicated to assisting children and families who have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Whether you find yourself in a car accident, bicycle mishap, or pedestrian incident, it’s essential to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney promptly.

Our personal injury attorneys are here to support you in seeking compensation for various aspects, including medical expenses, future medical needs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. Your safety and well-being remain our top priority, and we’re here to help you navigate any legal challenges that may arise.

For immediate assistance, call us at 973-585-5100.