It seems sidewalks along Michigan city streets are bustling with foot traffic these days, especially during the warmer months. The same city streets also see high volumes of vehicular traffic as well. Unfortunately, anytime pedestrians and vehicles are in close proximity, there will be a chance for accidents. With schools getting back in session, drivers need to be extra careful. Here are a few tips to help drivers avoid pedestrian accidents near school zones.

Near school zones, drivers should always reduce speed and remain vigilant. There’s a reason why speed limits are reduced in school zones. Also, make sure to come to a complete stop at all stop signs and check carefully for pedestrians in crosswalks, on sidewalks and before continuing. According to research, more than 33% of drivers roll through stop signs in neighborhoods or school zones.

Keep an eye out for children on bicycles as well. Children on bikes are often inexperienced and can be unpredictable, so reduce speed and allow at least three feet of passing distance. These days, nearly every person has a cellphone and distractions are virtually everywhere. Always put cellphones away and eliminate distractions when behind the wheel. Research shows that when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for only two seconds, the chances of a crash nearly doubles.

Drivers need to stay focused and alert at all times behind the wheel. Since pedestrians are unprotected and totally exposed, pedestrian accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries or death. Those in Michigan who have suffered injuries or loss due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party in a pedestrian accident have the right to pursue legal action and file a claim. A successful personal injury or wrongful death claim could result in much-needed compensation to help ease the pain and suffering that comes with such a traumatic accident.