We put a lot of trust in our schools. We expect schools to protect our children and keep them safe. But accidents happen, often when we least expect them.

It is important to be aware of accidents that can happen while children are riding in school‐operated buses or other vehicles. It is also essential to realize that children can easily become victims of pedestrian accidents. Children sometimes get caught up in the excitement of seeing a friend and forget to look both ways when they cross the street. That’s when pedestrian accidents can happen.

Sadly, a staggering number of pedestrians injured and killed each year 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.

The statistics are even more startling for bicycle injuries and deaths for children. Cyclists under 14 years old account for 24 percent of all bicycle‐related deaths and 50 percent of all bicycle‐related injuries.

Why so many accidents? Sometimes, children don’t pay attention while walking to their bus stop, riding a bike or walking to school. Other times, accidents can be caused as a result of distracted drivers. Texting while driving, talking on cell phones, fiddling with the radio – all of these activities distract drivers and put not only children, but everyone, at risk.

Accidents happen. But actions have consequences. Don’t let someone else’s irresponsible behavior ruin your family’s lives. Turn to the team you can trust to fight for your child’s rights. Turn to Metzger Wickersham.

Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania, Metzger Wickersham has decades of experience defending families traumatized by accidents 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.

If your child has been injured in any kind of accident, contact Metzger Wickersham for skilled legal advice. We’re on your side.