We trust our schools. We expect them to keep our children safe.
But accidents happen, often when we least expect them. Recently, a school bus near Atlanta, Georgia was involved in a fatal accident, killing one student and injuring more than a dozen children. The on-going investigation has already uncovered that the driver did not have the proper certification to drive a bus.
People also need to be aware of children coming and going to school. Children sometimes get caught up in the excitement of seeing a friend and forget to look both ways when they cross the street. That’s when pedestrian accidents happen.
Sadly, a staggering number of pedestrians injured and killed are under 15 years old. In 2008, pedestrians sustained 69,000 injuries and 4,378 deaths in accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those statistics include 15,000 injured and 316 killed under 15 years old.
The statistics are even more startling for bicycle injuries and deaths for children. Cyclists under 14 years old account for 24 percent of all bicycle-related deaths and 50 percent of all bicycle-related injuries.
Why so many accidents? Sometimes, children don’t pay attention while walking to their bus stop, riding a bike or walking to school. Other times, it’s the driver doing something besides driving. Texting while driving, talking on cell phones, fiddling with the radio – all of these activities distract drivers and put us all at risk.
Accidents happen. Everyone feels sorry. But actions have consequences. Don’t let someone else’s irresponsible behavior ruin your family’s lives. You need a team you can trust to fight for your child’s rights. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
The lawyers at Mike Slocumb have years of experience defending families traumatized by accidents involving school children in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. We know how precious children are to parents. And we will do everything in our power to right any wrongs done to them.
Get back your peace of mind. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.