It’s September and our children are off riding those yellow buses to school. However, it is crucial to remember proper safety in order to avoid a school bus crash. An average of 30 school-aged children are killed each year in school-transportation-related accidents. Based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported there were 3,000 injuries to school bus passengers and 1,000 injuries to school bus drivers in 2017. Many of these incidents could have been avoided.

 

Typical Causes of School Bus Accidents

Common causes of school bus accidents include:

Bus Company Negligence

For example, failing to make sure all buses meet federal regulations and drivers are properly trained.

Bus Driver Negligence

Examples include driving the bus distracted or speeding.

Driver Fatigue

This is one of the top highway killers.

Other Drivers

Negligence of another driver may cause a school bus crash such as illegally passing the bus.

Blind Spots

Buses have mirrors to combat this issue but there are still dangerous areas around the bus, especially when making a left turn.

Bad Weather

Snow, ice, or heavy rain can impact the driver’s ability to see and have total control of the bus.

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How Poor Behavior Impacts the School Bus Driver

Bus drivers have a tough job throughout the school year. There are many early mornings, they have to memorize each bus stop, they may get into traffic jams, but one of the most difficult parts of being a driver of school bus transportation is taking care of the eager children while driving. School bus safety is the most important thing to the driver but if a child is yelling or misbehaving, they may become distracted. Some even have to pull the bus over to the side of the road to take care of a student who misbehaves. Giving a verbal warning to a child, watching students with poor behavior, and stopping the bus on a road are all dangerous interruptions for the driver just trying to get your child to school safely.

 

7 Tips to Remember About School Bus Etiquette

Bus safety is one of the most important topics to go over with your child when the school year begins. We’ve come up with our top 7 tips to teach children before they hop on those yellow buses.

 

  1. Be aware of the “Danger Zone,” if you can touch the bus, you are too close.
  2. No pushing or shoving while entering or exiting the bus.
  3. Remain seated when the bus is moving.
  4. Sit facing forward and wear your seatbelt.
  5. Keep your hands and feet inside the bus and out of the aisle at all times.
  6. If there are any problems, alert the bus driver.
  7. Know exactly where the emergency exits are on the bus.

 

What to Do If You’re Involved in a School Bus Crash

If your child is involved in a school bus accident, tell them to remain calm. Have them make sure they are unharmed and get themselves to a safe place. Tell them to ask an adult to call 911 to report the crash and send medical professionals to ensure everyone is uninjured and transported to the hospital if need be. If they have a phone with them, make sure they know how to call the police. When they reach safety and those hurt are seeking medical attention, have your child take out one of their school notebooks and write down what happened. After you are reunited with your child, you may consider hiring a personal injury attorney who handles school bus lawsuits to seek rightful compensation for your child’s injuries and trauma.

 

 

If you or your child has been injured in a school bus crash, let The People’s Lawyer help. Your child is an innocent victim and deserves the best bus accident lawyer to fight for them. Brindisi, Murad and Brindisi Pearlman has been fighting to protect victims in the community for over 50 years. Begin your bus accident lawsuit with a free consultation. Contact our office today.

 

 

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