August is Back-to-School Safety Month. As summer winds down, our schools get ready to welcome students once again—and the familiar yellow school buses will soon return to our roads in large numbers. In our high schools, younger drivers drive themselves—and friends—to school as well.
With this in mind, Tony Pirani of Caddell Reynolds Injury Law joined the hosts of Good Day NWA to discuss how to safely share the road with both school buses and newly-licensed drivers this fall.
Look for Bus Traffic
Children often ignore hazards and take risks. With visibility limited, the 10-foot area immediately surrounding a school bus is considered very dangerous for school children. Drivers must always watch closely for children in this area—and should stop far enough back to provide them room to enter or exit a stopped bus safely. In addition, the State of Arkansas has established strict rules regarding how drivers must yield or stop for school bus traffic:
- It is illegal to pass any school bus that has stopped to load or unload children.
- Never pass a stopped bus from either direction if you are on an undivided road.
- Flashing red or yellow lights or an extended stop arm means all traffic must stop.
Stay Alert in School Zones
In Arkansas, school zones impose a speed limit of 25 MPH or slower whenever children are present—including after school hours and on weekends. The protection offered by a school zone extends to children at weekend sporting events, nighttime social functions, after-hours meetings, and more. If a school crossing guard is present, all drivers must obey their instructions.
Watch for Young Drivers
Studies show teen drivers are involved in many fatal accidents involving distracted driving—with texting behind the wheel a primary cause. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 injured in accidents linked to distracted driving. Keep these troubling figures in mind and drive safely.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault, call Caddell Reynolds for help at 800-671-4100. When you call, you’ll speak with one of our top Arkansas car accident lawyers absolutely FREE.
At Caddell Reynolds, we will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Our experienced Arkansas Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers understand car accident claims—and can help you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Caddell Reynolds Injury Law will be by your side every step of the way. Call us for your Free Legal Consultation at (800) 889-6944 today. At Caddell Reynolds, there is never an attorney’s fee due up front. In fact, you owe us nothing until we recover for you. We have offices conveniently located throughout Arkansas to better serve you.
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