Bus safety for back to school

Schools are back in session as of next week, which means that for many of us, our children will be hopping aboard a bus every morning and every afternoon. Fortunately, school buses are among the safest methods of transportation for our youngsters. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that riding a school bus is 13 times safer than riding to school in a passenger car, and a whopping 10 times safer than walking!

However, accidents do happen, and children can be injured when riding a school bus.

Loading and Unloading

One of the biggest threats to children when riding the school bus isn’t the actual ride itself, but rather getting safely on and off the bus. According to data collected by NHTSA between 2000-2009, most children injured by a school bus were either on foot or a bicycle.

The Danger Zone

The risk of serious injury or death is particularly acute during the pickup and drop-off of children. There is a danger zone around the outside of every school bus where children are at the most risk of being hit, either by the bus itself or another vehicle. This danger zone extends as far as 30 feet from the front bumper, 10 feet from the left and right sides, and 10 feet behind the rear bumper.

Injury Risk Factors

Determining who is at fault for a school bus related accident can be difficult. Accidents can be caused by driver errors, mechanical malfunction, improper bus stop design, dangerous roadways, or bad weather conditions.

Here are a few safety tips to review with your children:

A Guide to School Bus Accident Claims

If your child has been injured while by a school bus, claims can often be complicated to prove and pursue. Contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case. We will go over the circumstances of the accident and explain your legal options. We have a team of attorneys, legal assistants, nurses and private investigators who are ready to assist.

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