Pedestrian children are particularly vulnerable around schools, please be careful!
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
Two Orange County schools had “run over” accidents this week prompting warnings to parents and drivers who drop off their children in carpools; drive slowly and watch for kids maneuvering on bikes or jaywalking.
In one incident, a 12 year old girl was struck by a gray Toyota Corolla on Ball Rd near Ball Junior High School. She was taken to a nearby hospital by Anaheim paramedics with moderate trauma injuries.
In another accident a 16 year old boy was hit by a Chevy Venture van at Dodge Avenue and Whembly Drive near Foothill High School in Tustin. California Highway Patrol Officers said that the van did stop when the incident occurred and the driver was visibly upset. The boy suffered moderate head trauma injuries and was rushed to the emergency room.
As a parent of a 9 year old girl, I note that far too many parents and other drivers are driving very fast around my child and others at their school. When driving near schools please always be alert, expect the unexpected, drive defensively and slow down.
I want to express my sympathies to the parents of the two injured children. I would recommend that they consult an Orange County accident attorney to aid them in making sure the children’s medical bills, future disability and suffering are paid for.
If your child has been in an accident near a school, report the accident to the school, and you may prevent further injury or harm. Most schools now have a safety committee that can evaluate the accident and implement greater safety measures where warranted.