Residents in the San Diego area may have heard about a recent car and pedestrian accident that occurred near an Escondido elementary school. According to a police report, a mother and her two children were crossing the street in a crosswalk near the school when a car hit them. It’s not clear what factors may have contributed to the accident, but the driver of the vehicle was cited by police for failing to yield to a pedestrian. The driver was also ticketed for driving without a valid driver’s license.
A news story about this accident in The San Diego Union-Tribune, states that the three pedestrians suffered minor injuries. However, when it comes to car and pedestrian accidents, seemingly minor injuries are often more serious than initially believed. This is especially true of pedestrian accidents involving children whose brains are still developing and whose bodies are smaller and more fragile.
Areas near and around schools are often teaming with children who are walking, biking and running. Drivers who travel in and near school zones would be wise to remain aware and vigilant while doing so. In a matter of seconds, a child could dart out into the street from between parked cars. A driver who is distracted or speeding likely wouldn’t see or be able to stop a vehicle in time to avoid a tragic accident.
Drivers who travel in and near school zones would be wise to follow these safety tips:
- Don’t get distracted
- Drive slowly and be extra cautious
- Give pedestrians waiting at intersections and crosswalks the right of way
- Unload and pick-up children at designated drop-off and pick-up locations
- Obey all traffic rules and those enforced by school patrol officers and members
Source: The San Diego Union-Times, “Mother, 2 kids walking to school hit by car,” Karen Kucher, Nov. 17, 2014
National Safety Council, “Back to School: Safety tips for motorists,” 2014