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Car Safety for Kids On and Off the Road

Car Safety for Kids On and Off the RoadCombating the Dangers of Cars

 

Accidents aren’t the only danger cars pose to kids. Kids can also be hurt in and around cars whether on the road or off. Car safety for kids involves securing them properly in the car and never leaving them unattended when around cars. You can accomplish both by keeping the following safety tips in mind.

 

Practice Driveway Safety

 

Never leave kids around cars unattended, and check all sides of your vehicle before backing out of the driveway. If you don’t have a rear-facing backup camera, do a quick walk around before getting in, and roll your windows down to listen for extra precaution.

 

Use Car and Booster Seats Properly

 

New research is providing us with crucial information about keeping kids safe while driving. Car seats and booster seats can significantly decrease the risk of injury if you use them properly. Make sure your children have the right seat for their size and age, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Always Wear Seat Belts

 

Kids eight and over should be restrained by seat belts at all times. It isn’t just safe, it’s required under the Illinois seat belt law. Children younger than eight must be put in a proper child restraint system.

 

Avoid Heatstroke

 

Children can suffer heatstroke in a short amount of time if left in a car, so never leave them unattended. Parents forgetting their children are in the car cause many cases of heatstroke. These accidents can happen when kiddos are quiet or parents have a lot on their mind. Establish a safety check system like putting a teddy bear in the front seat whenever your child is with you to remind you of your precious cargo.

 

Mind Crash Test Ratings

 

Many cars advertise good crash test ratings. But how do you know what is the best? A while back, we wrote a handy blog about what crash test ratings mean to help you make informed decisions about the car you trust your family in. Keep these ratings in mind when in the market for a family car.

 

Cars can make the daily tasks of parenting easier, but they can also pose multiple threats to children both on and off the road. Make sure you keep these car safety tips in mind when allowing your children around cars to keep them safe and sound.

 

Accidents are a leading cause of death for children under 13. If you or your child has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, seek legal advice from an Illinois auto accident attorney. An attorney can help you file a claim to get the compensation you deserve.

 

If your child has recently been injured, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

 

School Ground Injuries: Are Schools Responsible?

School Ground Injuries: Are Schools Responsible?

Parents send their kids to school expecting them to return safely. Even so, school ground injuries are common. Schools and their staff have a duty to do whatever is possible—within reason—to keep kids safe from foreseeable harm. But what happens when a school does not prevent foreseeable harm and a child is injured? The answer depends on whether it was negligent.

 

What Is Negligence?

 

Negligence is the failure to act with the level of care a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. But the legal standard of care for teachers and administrators is higher. School staff act in loco parentis, which means “in place of the parents.” Under this doctrine, they assume some of the same responsibilities as the parents. This allows staff to better supervise and manage children, but it also means they have to exercise an even higher level of care to prevent harm. The court might find them negligent if they fail to do so.

 

What Happens if a School Is Negligent?

 

If school staff acted negligently, the school may be held liable for damages, and the parents could file a personal injury claim against the school. Damages may include medical bills and pain and suffering.

 

Holding the School Accountable

 

If the harm was not foreseeable or school staff acted prudently and exercised the level of care required under law, the court might not find the school negligent. The court will consider many factors when determining negligence, including what or who caused the harm, whether school knew about the potential for harm, should the school have known about the potential for harm, and what they did to prevent it.

 

Pursuing a Claim

 

Filing a personal injury claim against a school can be difficult. You must prove school staff acted negligently to be successful. If your child suffered an injury while on the school ground, speak with an experienced Arlington Heights personal injury attorney about your options. Also, make sure your child is aware of the safety risks at school and how he or she could avoid them. We like to believe every child is safe at school, but, in reality, they face risks every day.

 

If your child has recently been injured on school grounds, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

Safe and Slow: Reducing the Risks of Back to School Season

Safe and Slow: Reducing the Risks of Back to School SeasonBack to school season means more children are walking to and from school, riding the bus, and playing sports outdoors. Because more children are out and about, driving safely and aware is more important than ever.

A Safe Start

To have a safe and successful start of the new school year, follow these tips:

Lower Your Speed

Most school zones have lower speed limits than surrounding areas—usually 20 mph—but when the school day is just starting or ending, you may want to drive even slower. Exercise caution when kids are crossing the street, loading the bus, or getting picked up. Heed the speed limits; they are there for a reason. Children are unpredictable and can easily find their way into the road before you have time to stop. Also, expect steeper fines for speeding in a school zone.

Stay Aware When Near Schools

You might see crossing guards and school safety personnel in school zones. They help keep traffic moving and the kids safe. Many schools have crosswalks that are closely monitored during school hours. Expect to drive slowly and carefully whenever in a school zone.

Give Buses Room

Be extra careful near school buses. Again, children can be unpredictable, and you can face steep fines for illegally circumventing buses while they load and unload kids.

Take Your Time

Back to school season comes with higher risks but also more distractions and priorities. When coupled together, these two factors pose a deadly risk. It is illegal to use a hand-held device or text while driving in Illinois. Even activities like eating or drinking can be distracting enough to harm someone. Don’t risk it. Get up a little earlier, so you don’t feel the need to multitask behind the wheel.

The start of school can be a fun time of the year. But in the midst of all the excitement, make sure you practice safe driving and stay on guard. And if you’re involved in an accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. An Arlington Heights personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and help you seek fair compensation step by step.

 

If you or a loved one were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

 

Illinois Sued Over “Separate But Unequal” School Funding

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On February 14, 2017,  Chicago’s school system sued Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois board of education. The plaintiffs claim that the Department of Education and Governor violated the civil rights of minority children. They alleged that the state school funding system was prejudiced.  The plaintiffs, five Chicago public schools families, want the state of Illinois to be barred from distributing state aid in a manner that discriminates against the plaintiffs.

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