School is back in session. Idaho motorists need to be on the lookout for children traveling to and from school. Just yesterday a teen was seriously injured in a crosswalk collision in Payette. In most households, parents of school-age children regularly go over important safety rules such as looking both ways before crossing the street and only crossing at marked intersections.We all know, however that kids–especially young ones–can’t be counted on to act in a logical matter. That means motorists must be vigilant in order to avoid injury accidents.
Basics like slowing down and eliminating distractions in your vehicle are the best ways to ensure that you have plenty of time to react if a child darts into the road or fails to stop at an intersection. When school is in session, Idaho law provides that drivers must yield to any children or adults crossing in a school zone crosswalk. Drivers a likewise required to reduce their speed to the posted limit–generally 20 miles per hour. The ticket for speeding in a school zone carries a $156.50 fine.
If you are traveling in a school zone to pick up or drop off your own child, avoid double parking or stopping in crosswalks. This reduces visibility for other motorists, thereby increasing the odds that a child will be injured in an accident. If you must back up, be diligent about checking your blind spots. Even children who remember to look both ways before crossing the street often forget to pay attention to drivers who are backing out of parking garages and driveways.
Drivers must also be cautious when meeting a school bus on the road. State law requires drivers to stop when meeting and passing a bus traveling in any direction if the bus’s red overhead lights are flashing. Drivers should not resume travel until the bus turns off its signal or continues along its route. It is difficult to see small children entering or exiting the bus. And often they have to cross the street. It’s not worth saving a few moments of travel time to potentially injure or kill a young child.
Protect Your Legal Rights
If your child has been injured in a school zone accident, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical care and other expenses. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligent actions of others. Please call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.