Grand Junction School Zone Accident Lawyers
According to school district calendar guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Education, kids spend a significant amount of time on campus. They’re to be in class for a minimum of 160 days out of the year. If your child is in elementary school, they’ll spend at least 990 hours of the year under the instruction of a teacher. In high school, their number of instructional hours is just above 1,000. With them away from home all this time, your top concern is probably that they’ll be safe.
The reality, however, is that accidents within the defined zone of a school in Colorado still happen because other people act negligently. The safety of your loved ones can still be at stake, even if you’ve taught them to take specific safety precautions on campus and during their commute to and from school.
Parents or guardians may also be on the receiving end of an accident within a school zone. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a school zone accident due to another party not taking the safety of others into account, call Peters & Nolan, LLC today at (970) 243-4357 for a free consultation regarding your case. You might be able to pursue multiple forms of compensation for harm suffered, as allowed under Colorado law.
According to recent crash data from the Colorado State Patrol over a three-year window, the number of crashes within a school zone was three times as frequent during pick-up and drop-off hours as it was every other time. Upon closer inspection, the pickup hours between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM were the most dangerous part of the day when it came to accidents within a school zone.
Some of the most common factors leading up to an accident within a school zone can include the following:
- Negligence in school crossing guard duties
- Negligence in school bus transportation duties
- Not driving with caution during inclement weather
- Not heeding the right of way
- Not being observant of heavy foot traffic
- Driving while not paying attention
- Driving without a seat belt
- Rushing through traffic
- Tailgating others
- Braking suddenly
According to data in a 2016 report from the non-profit Safe Kids Worldwide, pedestrian-related accidents pose significant danger to kids. They found the following:
- Five teens a week have lost their lives as pedestrians.
- The pedestrian death rate for kids ages 12-19 has increased by 13% since 2013
- Teens ages 15-19 have made up about half of pedestrian fatalities.
After an accident in a school zone, your child can also experience common injuries related to pedestrian accidents that include:
- Head and neck trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Injuries to the chest and abdomen
- Leg and knee injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Damage to soft tissue
The area that constitutes a school zone can include the school campus itself, nearby streets leading up to the school, and a few blocks within the vicinity of the campus. A school zone can be designated by the visible markings on a pavement, signs noting speed limits, pedestrian signs noting the presence of children, and additional designations. When an accident occurs within this area, the following parties and others may be held accountable for negligence:
- Distracted drivers
- Speeding drivers
- School bus drivers
- Crossing guards who don’t follow guidelines
- Workers responsible for maintaining school zone markings and signage
- The local school district
When a negligent party is responsible for your child’s injuries in a school zone, you have the right to pursue compensation on their behalf. Damages may include current and future medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and potentially more.
It’s not easy to see your child in pain. We want to be here for you. After their accident in a school zone, make sure to get immediate medical treatment for your child’s injuries. You don’t want to underestimate the severity of their wounds and you’re going to need an official record of their harm to file a claim.
Next, connect with our Grand Junction personal injury attorneys so that we can take a closer look at your case and track down all the evidence needed to pursue all needed compensation on your child’s behalf. We have over twenty years of experience and have won millions for our clients. Call us today at (970) 243-4357.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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