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Is my child old enough to walk to school alone?

Your daughter started middle school this year and her school is considered close enough to your home that the district does not provide transportation. You aren’t able to drop her off before you go to work, so she will have to walk the mile and a half to school alone this year. As a responsible parent, the idea of your youngster walking the streets alone early in the morning to get to school has you worried.

The thought of her having to cross roads alone has you concerned she could get hit by a car on her way to school. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility, particularly if she is too young to walk on her own.

Is Your Child Old Enough to Handle This Responsibility?

You know your daughter is smart and responsible, but is she old enough to handle the important task of getting to school safely?  Take these steps before making a decision:

  • Consider her age. Although every child is different, children are typically unable to walk across the street by themselves before the age of 10. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children vary in their readiness to handle traffic situations. It is up to the parent to assess the child’s level of responsibility in making the right choices.
  • Talk to her. Children learn by example and when you take the time to show her the proper techniques when crossing the street and implement those actions yourself, you teach her what she needs to know. Be clear with her about what can happen should she make a mistake. Practice the walk with her and pay close attention to what she does and how she handles this enormous responsibility.  Taking these steps can help you make the right choice.

We Can Help

Even if your child does everything she is supposed to, she can still become the victim of a pedestrian crash. If this happens, we understand you want to hold the person responsible for her injuries accountable and we can help.

Contact the Hart Law Firm today to speak with an attorney about what we can do for you and your family.

 

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