Orlando auto accident lawyers are joining with safety advocates and government officials to remind drivers about accident prevention and back to school safety. Students are back to classes throughout Central Florida, including Apopka, Kissimmee, Ocala, Orlando, and Palm Bay/Melbourne, as well as in Orange County, Osceola County, and Polk County.
You would think that everyone knows what to do when a bus full of children stops with blinking red lights and a big Stop sign swings out. However, a report by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services shows how that’s not true. On a typical day, there are as many as 15,000 school vehicle safety violations in Florida. In order to prevent accidents, law enforcement agencies step up enforcement this time of year. Police in Brevard recently pulled over the County School Superintendent for failing to stop for a bus loaded with students.
There was no accident and no one was injured. While we don’t know the superintendent’s fate, there are pretty stiff penalties for such a violation. Florida law calls for a fine of at least $165 and four points on your driver’s license. There may be fees for lawyers and court costs involved as well. While lawyers may be helpful in mitigating the legal consequences, no one wants to be responsible for a car accident involving the death or injury of a child. The wise course is to avoid any chance of a tragic accident and obey the rules.
SAFETY ALERT! School buses are out!
Motorists travelling in the same direction of a school bus MUST STOP in all lanes when the bus displays a stop signal.
Even if you are heading to a turn lane.
Here’s a reminder of when to stop. Please share. @OCPSnews pic.twitter.com/eLkCeTWwK5
— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) August 13, 2018
Auto Accident Lawyers: Safety First
No one wants to be on the wrong end of a personal injury lawsuit. This is especially true when dealing with children injured or killed in an accident caused by carelessness or negligence. With kids returning to class, awareness of distracted driving is critical. Illegally passing is not the only danger. Car accidents can involve kids in crosswalks or on bicycles.
“Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of being involved in a crash, and children can cross the street unexpectedly, and that can cause a crash of fatal consequences,” according to AAA.
So be safe. Should the need arise for an auto accident attorney to help you recover losses from an accident, consider the Orlando auto accident lawyers at Martinez Manglardi, PA. With offices throughout Central Florida, we’ve been a top-rated personal injury law firm in Orlando for more than 30 years. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation.