We all know how unpredictable and accident-prone kids can be. They join their friends in the playground in the morning and come home covered in scrapes and bruises. When it’s time to go back to school, they’re extra-excited about seeing friends that they haven’t seen over the summer and resuming favorite after-school activities. Enthusiasm can lead to carelessness, and carelessness causes accidents.

Below is an overview of three common back to school injuries and what you can do to prevent them.

Playground injuries

Who remembers the excitement of the recess bell? The mad rush for the slides, swing sets, merry-go-rounds, and other playground equipment. Playgrounds, however, are the site of many accidents.

According to the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, an estimated 500,000 children under the age of 14 are hurt on playgrounds every year. Concussions, broken bones, and dislocations are all common injuries.

If your child is young enough to use a playground, then ask the school if you can inspect the premises. If you notice open “S” hooks, gaps in guardrail openings, missing ladder rungs, and other dangerous conditions, then bring them to the attention of the principal immediately.

Sports injuries

Sports, even those designed to keep kids busy after school, always include an element of risk. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 3.5 million children under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries every year. The CDC noted that more than half of all these sports injuries are preventable.

You can reduce the likelihood of injury by ensuring that your child has access to the proper safety equipment, that the coaches are teaching them to correct technique, and more. As with playground inspections, if you notice anything amiss, you should bring your concerns to the attention of the school authorities.

Bus stop injuries

When school lets out for the day, the street outside becomes a hectic and dangerous place, due to the dense amount of school buses, cars, and other vehicles moving around. Heading to the bus stop can be dangerous: in November 2018, CNN reported that five children were killed and seven injured when drivers hit them near school bus stops.

If you have very young children, then walk them to the bus stop each morning and meet them there at the end of the school day. Make sure they understand the tried and true concept of looking both ways before crossing the street.

It’s easy for adults to forget that kids don’t always have the best sense of personal safety. Education and adult diligence can go a long way towards preventing tragedy, but if third-party negligence causes your child to be injured, then a New York personal injury attorney can ensure that you get justice. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx personal injury and accident lawyer who offers free initial in person consultations. He has over 36 years of legal experience and has helped many highly satisfied clients receive the compensation they deserve over the years. You may reach his office at 718-514-6619.