Rules of the Ride
Many parents choose to send their children to and from school by bus. School buses are often thought to be a safer alternative to carpooling. However, this is not always the case. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, from 2004 to 2013, there were an estimated 1,214 fatal crashes involving school transportation, averaging 134 fatalities annually.
Educate your children on school bus safety. Bus drivers not only have to operate the bus, but they also have to corral students onto and off the bus at each stop. This will likely prevent them from paying individualized attention to your children while they are passengers. Advise your children of the following to keep them safe.
- Keep your Seat — It may be tempting to move seats when someone else gets off the bus, but it is best to keep you seat to avoid being thrown when the bus takes off again.
- Don’t overload — Make sure each child has a proper seat on the bus. Children should not be standing in the aisles or overcrowding bus benches.
- Use common sense when crossing — Fight the urge to bolt off the bus and into the house after school. Other cars are on the road. Look both ways before crossing the street. Sometimes, other drivers get impatient and drive around buses, even though they are supposed to stop when children are loading and unloading.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a school bus accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to discuss your potential claim.