School can be an amazing place for children. They learn about the world there. They make friends that last a lifetime. They discover who they are and what they want to be when they grow up.
Schools can also present unique hazards to children. In the classroom, bullies can turn the wonderful experience of attending school into a nightmare. The recent, on-going case in South Hadley, Massachusetts painfully reminds us of the life-threatening dangers bullies pose to students in school.
Getting to and from school can also be dangerous. Sadly, a staggering number of pedestrians injured and killed are under 15 years old. In 2008, pedestrians sustained 69,000 injuries and 4,378 deaths in accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those statistics include 15,000 injured and 316 killed under 15 years old.
But the statistics are even more startling for bicycle injuries and deaths for children. Cyclists under 14 years old account 24 percent of all bicycle-related deaths and 50 percent of all bicycle-related injuries.
Why do so many accidents happen? Sometimes, children aren’t paying attention while walking to their bus stop, riding a bike or walking to school. Other times, it’s the driver being careless. Texting while driving, talking on cell phones, fiddling with the radio – all of these activities distract drivers and put everyone at risk.
Accidents happen. Everyone feels sorry. But actions have consequences. Don’t let someone’s irresponsible behavior ruin your family’s lives. You need someone who will fight for your child’s rights. You need the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone.
Serving clients throughout Massachusetts, our seasoned attorneys have years of experience defending families traumatized by injuries or deaths involving school children. We know how precious children are to parents. And we will do everything in our power to right any wrongs done to them.
Get back your peace of mind. Contact Mark E. Salomone. We’re on your side.