We encourage parents to take the Safe Routes to School survey offered by the Chicago Department of Transportation as safety advocates attempt to reduce the risk of Chicago bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and school bus accidents.
Our Chicago child injury lawyers frequently talk about the dangers children face — traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for kids ages 3 to 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. State traffic statistics show that more than 5,500 kids under the age of 14 were injured in traffic accidents last year. Illinois pedestrian accidents injured nearly 1,000 students, while bicycle accidents injured nearly 700.
Many students choose to walk or bike to school. In other cases, they walk or ride a bicycle to a bus stop. Tragically, many Chicago school bus accidents occur to bicyclists or pedestrians who are preparing to load or unload from a school bus. Last year, a total of 1,537 Illinois school bus accidents were reported. Two people were killed and 482 were injured, including 78 bus drivers and 164 bus passengers.
As winter weather approaches, now is a good time to remind your child about the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as school bus safety.
Here you can find more information on Illinois’ Safe Routes to School program.
The Chicago Safe Routes to School Survey is available here.
If your family is dealing with the aftermath of an accident, contact the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes for free case evaluation. Call (312) 475-9596. Our lawyers are available 24/7.