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School is officially back in session in Houston, which means motorists are now sharing the road with more cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and school buses. While the flashing lights of school zones help everyone stay a little safer, there are still a number of factors that make school areas a dangerous place. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were nearly 1,000 traffic accidents in Texas school zones last year, with more than 15 serious injuries and even one death.
It’s important for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians to all stay especially vigilant during the school year, as small children and even motorists can be unpredictable. Some of the most common causes of accidents in school zones and surrounding areas are drivers forgetting or refusing to control their speed when approaching a school zone, distracted driving, and failure to yield to pedestrians when turning left or approaching a crosswalk.
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Keeping these safety measures in mind when approaching a school can make a huge difference for the people in the area, whether they are driving, biking, or walking. The consequences for breaking the law in a school zone, whether it’s paying a $1,250 traffic violation or injuring yourself or a child, are never worth it.
Unfortunately, not everyone follows school zone safety rules or the measures put into place to keep children and parents safe. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a school zone accident, we want to help. Contact the accident attorneys at Adame Garza for a free consultation today.