There are numerous schools across Norwich, Connecticut and the surrounding area. For much of the day, children will be inside the building but this isn’t always the case. Kids have to make their way both to and from school. Some of them get a lift, others take the bus while a significant number walk with their friends.
For road users, this means that school zones present numerous hazards. Outlined below are a few reasons why accidents are so common in school zones.
A higher volume of traffic
Generally, schools don’t have separate starting times for different groups of kids. This means that all kids are expected to be in class at a particular time. For instance, the school day may start at 9 am. This means that there is going to be a significant number of people making their way to the same place at the same time.
For cars, this creates a risk of bottlenecks occurring around the school. If a child is late, they may be running across the nearby roads to make up time.
The danger of bus stops
Typically, those responsible for school buses do their best to make them stand out. For instance, the bright yellow color scheme of school bases is unique to them. Buses will also usually have large signs that indicate their purpose.
Every state has implemented some form of legislation that makes it unlawful for cars to overtake school buses while they are dropping children off. Sadly, not all drivers pay attention to or agree with the law, and they continue to overtake regardless, which places the children in serious danger.
If you or your child has been injured in a school zone, be sure to look into your legal options. You might just be able to hold the negligent party to account and seek compensation for your suffering.