How to Keep Yuma Kids Safe When They Walk or Bike to School
If your child will be walking or biking to and from their Yuma school this year, you’ll need to prepare them to be as safe as possible on their journey. Go over some rules with your kids, and make sure they’re comfortable with the route and with what they need to do. The following tips from the Yuma personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys will help your child stay as safe as possible while they walk or bike to school:
- Make sure your child is old enough to handle walking to school on his or her own.
- Depending on the road conditions and your child’s maturity, 10 is the youngest age that any child should be allowed to walk to school without you.
- Find other children in your neighborhood for your child to walk to school with. There can be safety in numbers.
- Plan and practice a safe walking route that includes sidewalks and avoids as many intersections as possible.
- Make sure your child knows what to do if approached by a stranger.
- Make sure your child wears a bicycle helmet and buckles the chin strap. If you’re not buying a new helmet, check to see that the one your child has still fits properly and is in good condition. A helmet will provide vital protection in case of an accident, and Yuma has a mandatory helmet law for bicyclists under the age of 18.
- Teach your kids to use bike lanes wherever they’re available, and if they’re not, sidewalks can be used in Yuma except when bicycle use is prohibited by signs or where business’ front doors open onto the sidewalk.
- Children should never use headphones, earbuds, a cell phone or other devices when they’re on a bicycle. These are a distraction and will keep them from hearing traffic, car horns, and other noises they’ll need to hear.
- Ride on streets that have a lower volume of traffic, avoiding busy intersections.
If you or your child has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the board certified Yuma personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys at 928-344-6200. You’ll receive a free consultation from the best attorneys in Arizona.