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Keeping Children Safe Near Schools

Accidents involving children can be distressing for all involved. If your child has been injured near school then you may be able to make a compensation claim.

The safety of pupils in the vicinity of schools is a common concern; at school drop-off and pick-up times, the roads surrounding schools often become heavily congested with parents’ vehicles dropping off and collecting children, often leading to careless parking in surrounding roads, an increased number of pedestrians, and older children cycling to school along the congested roads.

The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) estimate that every month 1,200 children are injured in traffic related collisions that happen within 500 m of a school.

So how can we keep our children safe near schools, and what should you do if a collision does occur involving your child?

Safety around schools

  • Ensure you teach your child from an early age about road safety, including the Stop, Look, Listen and Think sequence:
    • Stop: when you approach a crossing, STOP before you come to the edge of the pavement;
    • Look: LOOK for cars, bikes, lorries and other vehicles by looking right, left and right again;
    • Listen: LISTEN for vehicles too.  You may be able to hear them before you see them;
    • Think: is there enough time for you to cross the road safely?
  • Cross only where it is safe to do so – many primary schools have a crossing person to assist children and parents to cross roads safely outside schools – ensure you use the designated crossing spot, and as a driver, be prepared to stop to allow people to cross ahead of you. 
  • Don’t cross between parked cars, which can sometimes be a challenge due to the increased parking near schools, but you will not be able to see cars approaching easily and cars approaching will not be able to see you easily.
  • Avoid driving to ease traffic near schools, or park a few streets away and walk the final bit.
  • Car share with other parents to reduce the number of cars and ease traffic.
  • Slow down near schools and be ready to react if a child does run out.

What to do if your child is injured

If a collision occurs and your child is injured, always seek medical help.  Common injuries sustained in road traffic collisions involving child pedestrians are broken bones, soft tissue damage and head injuries.

If the injuries were caused by another’s actions, it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation, providing access to early rehabilitation, funding for future care and specialist equipment if required.  It’s a good idea to speak to a specialist serious injury solicitor as early as possible so that full details can be taken from all parties including witnesses, whilst the collision is fresh in people’s minds.

A child under the age of 18 is not able to bring a claim in their own right, so a parent or other responsible person, will need to act as their litigation friend to bring the claim on their behalf.  If during the lifetime of the claim the child turns 18, they would then become responsible for continuing the legal claim, unless they lack the capacity to do so.

Children have 3 years from their 18th birthday (so until they turn 21) to commence a claim for injury, but starting a claim as early as possible is always recommended.

How Major Trauma Group can help

Major Trauma Group is a not-for-profit network of injury lawyers who specialise in assisting people after serious injury, often referred to as major trauma injuries.  In many cases our members are able to assist on a no win no fee basis, meaning there are no upfront costs associated with bringing a claim.

We offer a free, no obligation chat with a specialist solicitor so they may ascertain all the circumstances surrounding the collision and your child’s injuries.  During this chat they will discuss all funding options in full, including how no win no fee agreements work.  They will also explain the process of bringing a claim and the steps required to reach settlement.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak to a specialist serious injury lawyer, call us on 0330 311 2578 providing details of your name, postcode and brief information on the incident you wish to speak about, email us at hello@majortraumagroup.co.uk or complete a contact form on our website, and we’ll arrange for someone to call you at a convenient time.

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