Dangers of Driveway Basketball
Basketball can be a fun and enjoyable activity for the whole family. Many homes have a basketball goal attached to the top of a garage or on a pole in the driveway so that players can use a concrete slab for dribbling. However, driveway basketball and other games played in the driveway have their own dangers from motor vehicles of which all drivers should be aware.
If you are driving through a neighborhood, slow down and watch for kids at play. Children may become very focused on their game and may be unaware of any cars that pass. If you notice children playing in a driveway, be aware that the children may chase after a stray ball or may run into the road while playing.
However, the most dangerous risk of driveway basketball or any driveway games comes when drivers pull into or out of their own homes. When backing out of a driveway, drivers should exercise special caution to assure that no young players are behind the vehicle, hidden by blind spots. Large personal vehicles such as SUVs have increased blind spots, thus making it more difficult to see while backing up.
In addition, drivers should be careful when entering in to their own driveways. If kids are at play, approach slowly and warn the children of your presence so they have plenty of time to move out of the way. Be sure that all children have left the area before proceeding to pull into the driveway.
Unfortunate accidents can occur if drivers do not exercise special caution when driving near children or pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions of a negligent driver, the Waukesha pedestrian accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your situation and help you determine your legal options. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.