Staying Safe in School Zones Throughout the State
Each year numerous car accidents occur within school zones. Drivers frustrated by slower speed limits or distracted by cell phones end up in devastating collisions that can involve other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. If you are injured in a school zone accident, you should consult with an attorney.
At Freeburn Law, our lawyers provide experienced representation for individuals who have been injured in car accidents throughout Central Pennsylvania. We have recovered over $100 million on behalf of injury victims. We know the heartbreak that an unexpected accident can cause. If you were hurt in a school zone accident, contact our office at (717) 777-7777 to schedule a free, confidential case consultation.
School Zone Laws in Pennsylvania
There are several laws that protect drivers and pedestrians in school zones. Under Title 75 Section 3365 of the Consolidated Statutes, it is unlawful for a person to drive over 15 miles per hour in a school zone. Speeding in a school zone is one of the most commonly cited traffic citations.
In addition to speeding in a school zone, people are often cited for violating Title 75 Section 3345. Section 3345 requires drivers to stop at least 10 feet behind a bus that has their red signal lights flashing and their side stop sign activated.
Pedestrian Accidents in School Zones
School zones are designed to protect students who may be entering or exiting the premises. Unfortunately, drivers who are impatient or frustrated may try to speed through these protected areas causing irreparable harm to nearby pedestrians.
Drivers who speed in a school zone, causing an accident, may face additional charges such as aggressive driving. The lower speed limits are specifically designed to reduce the risk of danger to students. When a motorist violates these laws, they may be held criminally and civilly liable if they cause harm to another person.
School Zone Car Accidents
Pedestrians are not the only ones at risk of serious injury or death. Car accidents also frequently occur in school zones and around school buses. Speeding is a contributing factor in most school zone car accidents. Other common factors include driving while texting, aggressive driving, and failing to yield.
Any violation of a traffic law resulting in a collision can be grounds for liability. The only way to determine whether you have a valid claim for damages is by speaking with an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and determine how to move forward with your case.
Injured in a School Zone Accident? Contact Our Office.
Were you injured in a school zone accident in Central Pennsylvania? Contact our office at (717) 777-7777 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our lawyers will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation allowed by state law.
Do not settle for less than your case is worth. Call our office today to speak directly with a member of our legal team. You deserve more after an accident caused by another person’s negligence. Schedule your free case review now.