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Back to School Tips for Drivers

It's hard to believe, but summer is on its way out and fall is just around the corner. As we get ready to usher in another season, kids across the country are heading back to school.

This means there will be more cars on the roads and more children out and about. It also means busy drivers must once again contend with an increase in pedestrian traffic, as well as the presence of those big yellow school buses that appear in the mornings and afternoons.

As a firm of experienced Florida Auto Accident Lawyers, we want everyone to be as safe as possible this school year. Here are several tips for keeping kids and grown-ups alike safe for back to school season.

Also Read: Three Key Things to Keep in Mind about Florida Pedestrian Accidents

Be Alert for Pedestrian Traffic

According to, the federal government's car safety website, 19 percent of children between the ages of five and nine killed in traffic accidents in 2010 were pedestrians at the time of the accident.

If you are driving in or around school zones, be mindful of slower speed limits and an uptick in pedestrian traffic.

Small children are not always easy to spot on roads and sidewalks. Take it slow and stay alert as you drive through neighborhoods and school areas.

Buckle Up Kids in the Back

Children sitting in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be hurt in a car crash compared to kids seated in the back of a vehicle. In Florida, children ages four and five must ride in a booster seat.

Between the ages of birth and three years old, children must be restrained in a separate carrier or integrated car seat. Kids age 12 and under should ride in the back seat whenever possible.

Never Leave Children Unattended in a Car

Stories of children left in hot cars are tragedies that continue to appear in the news. These are devastating cases that are entirely preventable. In Florida, the law prohibits anyone from leaving a child under age six alone in a vehicle for longer than 15 minutes.

On a 90-degree day, the interior of a car can go from 80 degrees to 130 degrees in just 10 to 15 minutes. Obviously, this is a major concern in Florida, where outside temps are frequently in the 90s and above.

The majority of these cases occur because a busy or exhausted parent simply forgot the child was in the vehicle. In other cases, a parent deviated from their normal routine, causing them to go into a sort of autopilot mode, only to panic and remember their child many hours later or at the end of the day.

Safety experts suggest leaving something indispensable, such as a purse, phone, or even one of your shoes, in the back of the car so it is impossible for you to leave the car without looking in the back seat.

Yield to School Buses

Under Section 316.172 of the Florida Statutes, motorists in Florida are required to yield to school buses that are stopped with lights flashing.

Drivers can only pass stopped school buses when they are traveling on the opposite direction of a divided highway and there are least five feet of unpaved space, a raised median, or a barrier separating the driver's roadway from the bus's roadway.

Get in Touch with a Floridan Auto Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Florida, don't wait to speak to a lawyer about your case. Get answers and peace of mind by calling a Paul K. Schrier, PLLC at 800-700-7285.

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