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Avoid school season car accidents with safe driving practices

Car accidents are not only dangerous to other motorists and pedestrians—they are also a source of stress, anxiety and money loss. While it is not always possible to prevent other drivers from wrecking into your car, you can do your part to prevent car accidents by practicing safe driving. This is true anytime of the year, but is especially essential during the school season when our nation's little ones are traveling to and from their classes.

School has recently started here in Chicago and that means at certain times of the day our roads may be clogged with school buses. By adhering to a few safety tips, you can do your part to keep our youth protected and keep you from needing to seek legal action for car wreck injuries. These tips contain excellent advice for school bus traffic as well as our city's emergency vehicle fleet.

-- Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and school buses or emergency vehicles: While school buses are equipped with easy-to-see indicators warning other drivers, many emergency vehicles may start or stop abruptly. Always keep an eye on these kinds of vehicles when you are driving in traffic.-- Always stop for school buses: Most states have clear laws regarding when to stop for school buses. A good rule of thumb is to make it a habit to stop anytime the school's stop sign swings out and then to wait until the children are out of traffic before starting again.-- Stopping for emergency vehicles: Another good rule to remember for safety's sake is to pull over to the right hand side of the road anytime you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching you from behind.-- Keep your eye on other drivers: While you may regularly practice safe driving, others may not be so conscientious. Always watch what the traffic around you is doing when you drive near school buses and emergency vehicles.

When we all cooperate on our roadways, we can keep our neighbors and ourselves safer from harm. For those who experience car accidents despite driving safely, a Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you win compensation for any of your out of pocket expenses.

Source: Safe Motorist, "Defensive Driving Tips for Driving Near School Buses and Emergency Vehicles" Sep. 23, 2014

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