16 Aug 2023
Image of child holding his backpack crossing the street in a school zone.

Every year, countless innocent lives are jeopardized due to drivers failing to adhere to school zone rules and regulations. The consequences of such disregard for posted school zone rules can be devastating, leading to serious injuries and emotional trauma for victims.

Understanding School Zone Negligence

School zones are designed to provide a safe environment for students as they travel to and from school. These zones typically have reduced speed limits, more speed bumps, and specific rules to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially children. When drivers ignores these rules, they are not only breaking the law but also putting innocent, vulnerable lives at risk.

Types of Injuries and Damages

Victims of accidents caused by drivers not obeying school zone rules may suffer a range of injuries, including but not limited to:

  1. Physical Injuries:

    These can range from superficial scrapes to severe injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and more.

  2. Emotional Distress:

    The emotional toll of such accidents can be significant, leading to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other psychological conditions.

  3. Property Damage:

    Vehicles and personal property may also be damaged in these accidents, leading to additional financial burdens.

Legal Recourse for Victims

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a driver’s failure to obey school zone rules, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your damages. Here are some common terms you might see if pursuing such a claim.

  1. Personal Injury Lawsuits:

    Victims may file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver.  To succeed for negligence, you will need to establish that the driver breached their duty of care by ignoring school zone rules and that this breach directly led to your injuries.

  2. Negligence Per Se:

    In cases where the driver’s actions violated specific traffic laws related to school zones, the legal concept of “negligence per se” may apply. This means that if a driver violated a statute, they may automatically be considered to have breached their duty of care in that situation, making it easier to prove your case.

  3. Comparative Negligence:

    In some cases, both parties involved in an accident may share some degree of fault. This principle, known as comparative negligence, can impact the amount of compensation you receive. Essentially, in comparative negligence cases, a plaintiff’s total award of damages would be reduced by the percentage the jury finds the plaintiff caused their own injuries.  Consulting with a legal professional can help you navigate this complex aspect.

  4. Insurance Claims:

    Pursuing a claim through the driver’s insurance company is another option. Insurance policies may cover medical expenses, property damage, and other costs resulting from the accident.

  5. Legal Consultation:

    It’s crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in accidents involving school zones. They can evaluate the specifics of your case, guide you through the legal process, and help you maximize your potential compensation.  Personal injury matters like this are usually handled on a contingency basis, meaning that the attorney is only paid a percentage of whatever is recovered and only if there is a recovery.  Personal injury consultations, like those provided by Fraser Law Firm, P.C., are usually free, but you should still check with the attorney before scheduling any meeting.

Injuries sustained due to drivers not obeying school zone rules can have life-altering consequences. As a victim, you have the right to seek justice and compensation for your damages. By understanding your legal options and enlisting the expertise of an qualified attorney, you can take meaningful steps toward holding negligent drivers accountable and securing the support you need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. Contact us today if you believe you or a loved one have been harmed by the negligence of another in a school zone.