School Buses Aren’t That Safe
It is true that bus accidents are very rare but when they happen they can be devastating. There are some simple tips you can keep in mind read more on the blog.
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School Buses
Aren’t That Safe

School Buses
Aren’t That Safe

By: jasonneufeld
Posted in: car accident lawyer, Fort Lauderdale

It is difficult for parents in South Florida to imagine a school bus getting into an accident. They are large vehicles and bus drivers are supposed to go through a tough training. While buses seem like the fastest and safest form of transportation, they are actually not. It is true that bus accidents are very rare but when they happen they can be devastating. If you are a parent wondering how safe school buses are, read on.

Approximately 23.5 million children ride a school bus every day. They are also used in field trips and other extracurricular activities. In other words, school buses are pretty popular and convenient for most parents throughout the United States. But accidents are inevitable. Nearly 17,000 children are injured every year in a bus accident. Sometimes these accidents are simply from getting on or off the bus and about 40% of these injuries are caused by collisions with other vehicles.

Over 24% of injuries occur when getting off the school bus. About 19 school-aged children are killed every year in these types of accidents, generally 10 feet away from the bus. The children can be struck by passing vehicles or by the school bus. These accidents tend to occur more in the afternoon around 3 to 4 p.m.

Compartmentalization

School buses can weight over 10,000 pounds yet they aren’t as safe as they might seem. Their seats, however, don’t have seatbelts, which can be detrimental during an accident.

Safety tips

It is important parents keep an eye on their children when waiting for the bus. There are some simple tips you can keep in mind:

  • Get to the bus stop in advance and keep a good distance when the bus approaches.
  • Always face the bus door.
  • Don’t get close to the bus until it stops and the door is opened.
  • When crossing the street, make sure you walk on the sidewalk.
  • Make sure the driver sees you before you cross.
  • When your child gets off the bus, make sure nothing gets caught on the doors.
  • Don’t cross the street after a bus.
  • Keep a good distance when walking beside a bus.
  • Never pick up something you drop by a school bus unless you ask the driver.
  • Make sure your children are safe when they climb the bus steps and hold onto handrails.

You may have a case

When a child is injured as a result of a bus driver or any other responsible party’s negligence, the parents are entitled to sue these parties and seek compensation that will help them cover medical bills and any other expenses associated with the accident. It is common for insurance companies to either deny your claim or underpay you. This is why we are here for you. Call us today and schedule your initial case assessment with a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney.