For parents and kids alike, the back-to-school season can be an exciting time that’s characterized by back-to-school shopping, a cooling of the weather, and the hustle-and-bustle of the beginning of the academic year. But the back-to-school season can also mean an increased risk of injury for some kids, and as the end of the summer approaches, reviewing some of the common hazards with your child and how to stay safe is important. Consider these common back-to-school accident types and tips for reducing accident and injury risk–

Pedestrian Accidents

Many kids will walk to school this year, or at least cross roads near the school by foot. Unfortunately, this means that the risk of a pedestrian accident involving a child increases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in a single year, one in every five children under age 15 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. Keep your kids safe by reviewing safe walking techniques, including to stop, look, and listen at all crossings; to put distractions, including phones and music, away; to never run while crossing; and to always cross at a designated crossing area where a school crossing guard is present. 

Bicycle Accidents

There will also be numerous kids who bike to school this year. Encourage your child to ride on the same side of the road as traffic, to make sure their bike is equipped with reflective equipment and lights, to stay alert and avoid distracted riding, to always wear a helmet, and to walk their bike across the stress after stopping, looking, and listening for oncoming traffic. 

Bus and Car Accidents

Of course, in addition to the myriad pedestrian and bike commuters, there will also be many kids commuting to school via bus and car. Teen drivers are especially at risk of being involved in an accident – car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Review safe driving tips with your teen, including avoiding distractions and following the speed limit.

If you’re child will be getting to school by bus, be sure to talk about safe bus riding, including loading and unloading safely, following the bus driver’s instructions, never crossing directly in front of a bus, keeping a safe distance from the curb while waiting for the bus, and remaining seated while riding. 

Playground Accidents 

Finally, playground accidents are another common source of injury for kids, with the CDC reporting that every year, more than 200,000 kids under age 14 are treated in emergency rooms for playground-related injuries. Talk with your child’s school to make sure that recess is supervised, and remember that loose and dangling clothing, like scarves, can increase the risk of a playground-related strangulation injury. 

Have a Happy and Safe Back to School!

At the office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., we hope that your whole family has a happy and safe start to the back-to-school season. If your child is injured in an accident this fall, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our passionate Boston personal injury attorneys for a free consultation and a review of your legal options. You can reach us online or by calling (617) 973-9950 directly.