Drivers should always slow down and be attentive in school zones, on the OSU campus and near other areas where students are likely to be walking or cycling, such as parks.
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Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 07, 2016
It’s back to school season in Columbus, OH, and that means students of all ages will be getting around on foot and by bike – from kids going to local elementary schools to college students at Ohio State University (OSU). “Unfortunately, those students are also some of the most vulnerable people on our roads,” said Mike Christensen, a personal injury attorney and founder of the Michael D. Christensen Law Offices LLC. “That’s why it’s so important for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike to share the road.”
To help motorists keep students, pedestrians, cyclists and others safe, Christensen shares the following four tips:
No. 1: Slow down. “Drivers should always slow down and be attentive in school zones, on the OSU campus and near other areas where students are likely to be walking or cycling, such as parks,” stressed Christensen. “Remember that young students in particular may dart out into traffic.”
No. 2: Avoid distractions. “This includes cell phone use while driving, talking to passengers and adjusting the radio in pedestrian-heavy areas,” added Christensen. “Pedestrians in crosswalks are very vulnerable to being hit by distracted drivers.”
No. 3: Always drive carefully in parking lots on campus and in the community. Parking lots are dangerous areas because they’re full of both vehicles and pedestrians, and it’s often unclear who needs to go where.
No. 4: Be aware of the conditions. Fall doesn’t just mean students are back to school; it also means more foggy and rainy days. Pedestrians can be harder to see in inclement weather, and on a slick roadway, stopping distance will be greater.
“Students and other pedestrians can also do their part in ensuring safety,” concluded Christensen. “For example, put the smartphone down and keep your eyes on the road. Texting or playing games while walking can lead to tragic collisions. Elementary-school children should be accompanied by an adult. Generally speaking, children under the age of 10 cannot judge the speed or distance of an approaching car. They should also wear bright, reflective clothing when walking in low-light conditions. School often begins in the twilight hours of the early morning, and many students are still in class or participating in activities at dusk. Those are some of the most dangerous times for bicycle and pedestrian accidents.”
About Mike Christensen, the Mike Christensen Law Offices LLC
Attorney Mike Christensen focuses on helping victims of accidents get the compensation they deserve so they can recover from their injuries and get on with their lives. The Mike Christensen Law Offices focuses on personal injury, car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents. For more information, call (866) 866-8058, or visit http://www.callattorneymike.com. The Mike Christensen Law Offices has two locations in Columbus: 3341 W. Broad Street and 5092 Cleveland Avenue.
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