A school crossing guard was injured on the job after being hit by a car in Jackson Heights, Queens. Mary Cox, 76, was hospitalized following the accident
Cox was leaning against a parked car near P.S. 212 when it was sideswiped by another vehicle. The guard struck her head after being jolted to the ground. She was on duty at the time waiting for the children to be dismissed from a half-day of classes, reported NBC News (3.19.15).
Cox, a seven-year veteran crossing guard, was reported to be in stable condition.
The job of a crossing guard may be one of the most dangerous jobs at a school. Oftentimes, crossing guards are the only line of defense between the children going to and from school and drivers. Drivers who are running late may be speeding. Distracted drivers may be texting, using cell phones, eating, shaving or any number of other non-driving activities. In the mornings, children are trying to get to school at the same time people are trying to get to work. This circumstance alone puts many cars going through school crossings while many kids are trying to cross streets.
Crossing guards provide a critical role in helping school-age children safely cross streets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 255 pedestrian fatalities in 2012 among children 14 and younger. An estimated 11,000 pedestrians injured were 14 and younger.
Crossing guards should be more appreciated.
From 1993–2008, 120 crossing guards died on the job in the U.S, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In New York State, 10,540 crossing guards were employed in May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Apparently, though, the state needs more. The NYC Department of Education website asks that principals understand that “it is difficult for the NYPD to provide as many guards as are requested each year.”
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm have experience helping individuals who have been injured in pedestrian accidents, as well as employees who were injured in the course of their employment and may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact an experienced lawyer to learn more about your rights and options under the law.