Protecting Our Precious Cargo: Safe Driving Habits Around Schools and Children

The safety of our children in Maryland is paramount, and one area where their well-being is consistently at risk is during their journeys to and from school. A recent incident involving a bus crash serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safe driving habits, especially around schools and children.

According to a local news report discussing the recent crash, it was a typical Monday morning when Maryland State Police received a distressing call about a crash involving a bus. A KinderCare 15-passenger mini bus, carrying 10 children, collided with a car near Emmorton Road and Bel Air South Parkway in Harford County. The collision resulted in injuries to 10 children and the car’s driver, who was also accompanied by a 1-year-old child. While the injuries were not fatal, it serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks that children face during their daily commutes.

The crash and its aftermath underscore the critical need for safe driving practices, particularly around schools and areas with high child pedestrian traffic. Children are vulnerable and may not be as aware of traffic rules and are more likely to engage in unpredictable behaviors. This makes them highly vulnerable in traffic situations. It is incumbent on adult drivers to be extra cautious around them. Safe driving habits can significantly reduce the number of accidents around school zones. Slowing down, staying attentive, and obeying traffic rules can go a long way in preventing collisions.

Can Distracted Drivers Be Held Liable After a Maryland Car Accident?

Drivers who fail to stay alert and pay full attention to the road may accidentally cause an accident or strike a child, resulting in potential criminal and civil liability. Maryland law demands enhanced penalties for drivers who speed or break other laws in active school zones. Drivers who fail to obey posted speed limits, especially in school zones, may find themselves a part of a tragic accident. Accident victims and their families are entitled to compensation for any damages and harms caused in an accident, including damage awards for pain and suffering, as well as the emotional trauma that a child may suffer by being involved in an accident.

Has Your Child Been Injured in a Maryland Auto Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or auto-pedestrian accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to substantial damages as compensation for your losses. The Maryland, DC, and Virginia personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have experience representing victims of Maryland auto accidents, and with our competent representation, you can be comfortable knowing that you will receive the compensation that you deserve. Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC primarily represents clients in Prince George’s, Charles, Baltimore, and Montgomery Counties, and represents clients in all types of injury and negligence claims, including car accidents. Contact us with any questions, and see if we can help with your claim. Call us today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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