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Ohio School Zone Accidents

When you send your child to school, you expect not to have to worry about their safety. Yet every day, it seems that more and more children are incurring harm before they even enter the building. School zone accidents caused by negligent drivers are putting children in grave danger. If your child was a victim of one of these accidents, you should enlist the school zone accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.

Contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or reach out online to schedule a free case consultation with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers may help you obtain a fair compensation to cover your child’s medical needs.

Common Injuries from School Zone Accidents

Injuries from a school zone car accident can range in severity. They may be painful and inhibit your child’s ability to perform everyday tasks and live a high quality of life. Some of the most common injuries we see in school zone accidents include:

If you or your child sustain any of these injuries, you will likely face medical bills, physical pain, mental anguish, and other damages. Fortunately, you may be able to recover compensation for these losses.

School Zone & Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian deaths rose a shocking nine percent in just one year. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that pedestrian deaths have reached their highest number since 1990.

While many pedestrians are struck because they are walking at night, close to the road, and in dangerous areas like highways, not all these deaths can be attributed to such variables. In fact, people can be hit while crossing the street in safe places, such as a crosswalk or a school zone.

School Zone Speed Limits

Ohio allows a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour when driving through school zones during specific hours, including when schools are opening and closing, as well as during recess time. A school zone is a portion of the road in front of a school and its adjacent parking lot, and it may be indicated with signage or flashing lights. Additionally, there may be a sign that denotes the end of a school zone.

While there must be a sign indicating the beginning of a school zone, it’s important to note that Ohio law does not require schools to use signs or flashers signifying the end of such an area. Drivers must be aware of the hours of the day and practice caution when driving by a school in the morning, afternoon, or at the end of the school day. This law is strictly enforced; if you are caught speeding through a school zone during those hours, you could be pulled over and given a ticket that comes with a hefty fine.

If your child was injured at school because of a speeding driver, call our school zone accident lawyers today for help.

The Enhanced Duty of Care in School Zones

Drivers need to do more than just watch their speed in school zones. While traveling through school zones, drivers are required to maintain a heightened duty of care. That’s because small children are more difficult to see, and they can easily dart in front of a car without warning. Kids stepping off buses may also neglect to look around for cars before darting into the street to get to the school building.

Teenagers, though older, are not always safer than children. Teens can get distracted if they’re walking and talking with friends. Some teens also tend to wear headphones when they walk or text while crossing a street. Others may suddenly run in front of cars as a way of showing off for their friends.

Kids Are Not the Only Ones to Blame for School Zone Accidents

While kids can behave unpredictably in school zones, the behavior of adult drivers can also be to blame. People often ignore the 20 miles per hour speed limit, especially if there isn’t a police officer or other authority figure watching them.

Drivers also tend to get distracted by their phones, radios, or other passengers. Occasionally a parent may unwittingly put their child at risk by dropping them off at areas outside of the designated drop-off zones.

Be aware that children expect to be able to walk safely through a school zone. They have been taught that such an area is put in place to allow them to get to school without the threat of being hit by a car.

As a driver, you may be late to work or stressed by your morning commute, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching out for children who trust that you will help keep them safe.

Who’s Liable for a School Zone Accident?

Assigning fault and ultimately legal liability for an accident in a school zone is an essential part of filing a claim and recovering compensation. Liability refers to the legal responsibility for the harm you or your child endured and can apply to the party directly responsible or the applicable insurance policy.

To establish fault & liability in a school zone car crash, you must show:

  • A party had a duty to act reasonably under similar circumstances
  • The party breached this duty of care
  • The breach caused your injuries
  • You suffered injuries for which the other party can compensate you

For instance, if you suffered injuries after being hit by a car while in a school zone, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the other driver had a duty to follow the traffic laws, they breached this duty by speeding near a school, and the injuries resulted from the collision. Finally, you’ll have to demonstrate that you or your child suffered damages in connection to your injuries.

The liable parties in a school zone accident may include:

  • The negligent driver
  • The owner of the vehicle the negligent driver was using
  • The school district or school
  • The negligent driver’s employer if they were working at the time
  • Parties that contributed to the accident (a bar that overserved a drunk driver)
  • Your own insurance company if the driver is underinsured or following a hit and run

Compensation for a School Zone Accident

Depending on the severity and other factors involved in a school zone collision, you may be able to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages associated with your injuries. By filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

How KNR Can Help

If your child was hit by a car while trying to get to school, you are entitled to seek compensation. A child’s injuries can be debilitating, even if a driver was traveling at little more than 25 miles per hour. You need to be able to focus your attention on your child’s recovery, which is why the school zone accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick want to help.

Let us handle the legal process and every other aspect of filing a claim or lawsuit, so you can be with your child. We will retrace the steps of the accident and do everything in our power to hold the negligent party responsible.

At KNR, our attorneys will:

  • Answer your questions and concerns
  • Keep you updated during all stages of the process
  • Obtain medical records about the extent of your child’s injuries
  • Identify the responsible party
  • Determine the fair and full value of your damages
  • Negotiate for maximum compensation
  • Fight for everything you deserve in court if necessary

For families who have lost a loved one, we can also help file a wrongful death claim.

School Zone Accident FAQs

What Are the Leading Causes of School Zone Accidents?

Despite the lower speed limits and caution that should be present when children are involved, school zone accidents are mainly caused by speeding, driver distraction, failure to obey school bus signals, and bus driver error.

Can I Sue the School or School District?

It depends. While private schools operate under the normal standards of negligence mentioned above, public school and Ohio school districts have a level of protection from civil liability. Usually, referred to as “ political subdivisions,” schools and school employees are not liable for damages due to negligence in connection with their function. However, this does not mean you have no legal options. For example, if the accident was caused by physical defects in the building, school grounds, or equipment, you may still be able to pursue a claim.

Do School Zone Accidents Have Time Limits?

Like other injury claims, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. However, if your minor child is injured in a school zone, the statute of limitation does not start until the victim reaches 18. But it’s wise to consult a lawyer since waiting too long can result in your claim being dismissed.

Should I File a Claim after a School Zone Accident?

Every case is unique, and how you proceed will depend on the factors involved. However, you should seek medical treatment and fully document your or your child’s injuries. This makes the process of filing a claim easier and helps ensure you recover the necessary amount you’ll need to move on with life.

Call Our School Zone Accident Lawyers

Walking to or from school should be safe. But unfortunately, careless drivers are everywhere. If you or your child were hurt in a school zone, call the lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. We’ll explain the law, what you may be entitled to, and how to recover the maximum compensation possible.

To schedule a free case consultation, contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.