Last Thursday, a 12-year-old boy was hit by a car near Spanish Fork Elementary. The boy suffered minor injuries and, as of the writing of this article, was in relatively good condition. According to an article featured on Fox13’s website, a crossing guard was walking children across the street in a crosswalk when the boy was hit. A Spanish Fork police officer, Lt. Brandon Anderson said that the 40-year-old woman who hit the child with her vehicle said she didn’t see the students. The boy was taken to the hospital and was checked out.
We are glad to hear the boy is okay. Whenever something worrisome like this happens, it is helpful to think about how something like this can be prevented in the future. While we do not know all of the details in the pedestrian accident described above, we would like to give some general tips that can help us all be a little safer when we are behind the wheel and while we are crossing the street.
First of all, it is crucial that you are hyper-aware while you are driving anywhere near a school zone. Because of the small stature of kids, they can be more difficult to see if they run into the road or are crossing the street. For this reason, school districts have implemented crosswalks with designated crossing guards to help the children cross the street safely. The crossing guard typically wears a bright, reflective material to help drivers better see those that are crossing the street.
Usually, school zones are designated by the appropriate signage and flashing lights. These signs and lights will indicate how fast a car can travel, where the school zone ends, and other necessary information for drivers. Violations of these limits usually result in higher fines and penalties for disobedience. If you are driving near one of these areas, slow down to the appropriate speed. Always stop for buses that are dropping children off. Similarly, always stop for children when crossing the street with a crossing guard. If you or your child are trying to cross the street to get to school, if you have the option of passing with a crossing guard, do so.
Keeping our children safe as they cross the street is everyone’s responsibility. Each driver has the duty to be vigilant while a child is crossing the street and while they are near a school zone. Failing to be cautious in these situations can be disastrous.
As always, if you, or someone you love, has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact The Advocates Law Firm. We are ready to answer your questions and help you understand what options you have. If you cannot meet with us, let us come to you. Our attorneys are also available for free consultations. This consultation allows you to meet with an attorney and receive free legal advice without having to pay an enormous sum of money. We are also available on call 24/7. You deserve an Advocate! Let us help you!