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What Are the Risks and Dangers of Walking to Schools and Day Care Centers?

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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During the school year and even summer months children walk to school and day care centers during the week. Some older children walk on their own while younger children walk or ride a bike with the supervision of a parent or other relative. On most days, the walk or ride to school or day care center is uneventful; however on some days, the walk to school or the day care center involves a terrible event in the form of an automobile accident, pedestrian accident, or bicycle accident. One would think that a child is safe walking to school if the child uses the designated sidewalks, crosses on crosswalks only, and otherwise acts in a safe and reasonable manner. Unfortunately, even when a child looks both ways and is as careful as he or she can be – there can still be a tragic accident that talks place during the short or long journey to school or a day care center. Some tragedies and accidents even involve vehicles that veer off the road and onto a sidewalk. While not all accidents or incidents are avoidable or preventable on the part of a child or the parent, it is most unfortunate and even tragic when a child is injured while merely walking on a designated sidewalk.

One such accident was recently reported in Cincinnati Ohio. In the early morning hours and mother and her children were walking to school. Tragically, one of the the children was hit by a automobile that veered off the side of the road. You can read more about this story at Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio Child Killed While Walking to Day Care Center with Mother. The child was identified by the Cincinatti Police Traffic Unit as a 3 year old. Certainly, the death of child has a ripple effect through the family, neighborhood, and community.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.