School Accidents, Tips & Concerns


Parents always want to know their children are safe at school, even when school accidents are inevitable. When a child is injured, their parents are forced to worry about the responsibility and the liability of payments towards recovery. To ensure security and safety in public schools, the courts place upon school administrators and teachers with a legal duty of care. School administrators and teachers must do everything reasonably possible to minimize any accidents and injuries.

Violent accidents take place every week at district schools in the five boroughs. The state’s data shows that public schools have recently seen a 23% spike in violent accidents all around. However, violent accidents involving assaults and fighting are not the only form of accidents that take place in a school building. Traffic accidents are also common in the branch of school-related accidents. From 2003-2012, 174 school-age children died in school transportation related crashes, 119 students were pedestrians.

Hence, parents can not just depend on school administrators to ensure safety for their children. Here are some tips parents and students can take to help increase safety.

School safety tips for Parents:
  • Keep a 10ft distance away from a school bus to allow children to enter and exit the necessary space.
  • Stay alert! Children are the least predictable pedestrians.
  • Teach children to stop, look, and listen while crossing.
  • Get involved in your children’s personal conflicts at school.
  • Work out your children’s conflicts at home with them.
School safety tips for Students:
  • DO NOT run while crossing the street.
  • Listen to the traffic guards.
  • Resolve conflicts with a  parent/guardian or while an adult at school.
  • Beware and secure your own safety at school in front of no or negligent securities.

Serious injuries to school-age children are heart-wrenching and often long lasting. If your son or daughter was injured in a school accidents due to negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Goidel & Siegel, LLP, know just how to help. They will take your concerns seriously and fight to produce financial compensation for you.

Image shows a yellow school bus showing the attacthed bus sign.

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