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Study shows auto accident dangers near schools across nation

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2018 | Car Accidents

Safe driving is a concern for everyone in Louisiana. This is true no matter where in the state they are and what they are doing. However, schools and the areas in which children are prevalent can be especially worrisome when it comes to risky driving behaviors. Any amount of recklessness, negligence, speeding, being a distracted driver, driving under the influence and other risky activities behind the wheel can lead to serious accidents involving children with injuries and fatalities. Research has shown just problematic dangerous behaviors near schools can be.

The analytics company Zendrive utilized smartphone sensors to assess how drivers behave when near at least 125,000 schools throughout the U.S. In its “School Safety Study,” more than 9 million drivers were tracked for the speed at which they drove, how rapidly they accelerated and how often they hit the brakes hard. If these acts took place within a quarter-mile of schools, it was part of the research. Letter grades were given and most schools had C or lower. 30 percent of the schools had a deterioration of driver behavior to a higher level of danger.

The most common way for children and young adults to die in the U.S. is in an auto accident. Recently, the number of crashes involving school buses has become worrisome and exemplified how vulnerable children can be. It was Zendrive whose technology showed how much worse distracted driving issues were than what the federal government believed from its own research. The data for the school study was accrued in April. It not only looked at times at which children were picked up and dropped off, but it looked at a 24-hour period. The number of unsafe behaviors were used to formulate a grade. There was a curve used.

Any auto accident can cause catastrophic injuries with the accompanying medical expenses and long-term issues. There are often fatalities. These are worse when they involve children. When the accident happens at or near a school, this data can be important when considering a legal filing for compensation. A law firm that has extensive experience in car accidents can help with a case and should be called for a consultation.


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