Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
As school begins across the country, it seems appropriate to revisit some of the many blog entries we have posted over the years with the goal of educating children and their parents of the need for safety awareness. With new schools, inexperienced teen drivers, challenging sports activities, and temptations for “cool” activities, children face multiple safety issues on a daily basis.
School safety begins with getting to and from school. The links below provide common-sense advice for any time of year. Reviewing these tips as school begins presents ideal teaching moments for parents.
- ABCs of Avoiding Back-to-School Injuries
- School Safety Tips for Parents
- Safety Guidelines for Children Returning to School
- Safety Tips for Teen Drivers and Their Parents
- Teen Drivers Suffer from Lack of Experience and Excessive Speed
- Drowsy Teen Drivers Are Dangerous Drivers
- Teen Drivers and Over Confidence
- School Bus Safety Tips for Kids and Drivers
- Walking and Biking to School Safely
- Bicycle Safety Guidelines
- Pedestrian Safety Tips
Along with a new school year come new sports challenges and competitions. Sports are meant to make children stronger and healthier, not injure them. Adhering to all safety rules and regulations for sports activities should become part of the sport itself, not an afterthought.
- High School Football Head Injuries Prevalent
- Study Indicates Ankle Braces May Prevent Volleyball Injuries
- Rising Gymnastics Injuries Lead to ER Visits for Young Children
- Physicians Recommend More Protective Equipment for High School Baseball Players
- Cheerleading Considered Most Dangerous Sport for Female Athletes
Beginning a new school year also presents new opportunities for new temptations for children. Unfortunately, too many of those temptations are frequently associated with drugs or alcohol. A couple of years ago, I posted a notice, More Reasons Why Teens and Alcohol Should Not Be Mixed, that I received from my children’s school about how to talk with your child about setting appropriate boundaries. I am reproducing this notice again because I believe it provides an opportunity for parents to re-emphasize values, attitudes and expectations. By working together, schools, parents and students can create a safer environment.
I routinely give presentations to local schools on the issue of distracted driving, a growing concern among drivers of all ages, but especially teen drivers. Please be careful on the road and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more about my presentations concerning distracted driving. You can call me at (202) 822-1899 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2011). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 100” lawyers (out of more than 80,000 attorneys) in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2013)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.