Personal Injury Law: School Bus Accidents and Safety

August 29th, 2018

One of the biggest hints that summer is almost over is approaching us – back to school. The school year is also a reminder to everyone that school buses will now be on the roads more often than they were in the summer, so keep your eyes out and stay safe.

School Bus Safety

According to the National Safety Council, students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of getting to school by a car. School buses are designed to be safer than regular vehicles, including protective seating and high crash standards to help minimize the chances of getting into a bus accident and avoid personal injuries from a potential accident.

Learning and obeying the state laws’ regarding school buses is an easy way to keep everyone on the road and in the buses safe. Knowing the flashing light system that school bus drivers use to alert drivers is also extremely important:

  • Yellow flashing lights: the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms: the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers must stop their cars until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving again before they can start driving again.

Bus Accident Personal Injury Law

Many children depend on school buses for access to education, and their parents trust that they will be brought to and from school safely. Even though school buses are designed to be as safe as possible, school bus crashes can still occur. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the most common types of bus accidents are side-impact crashes or high-speed rollover accidents.

The Bottaro Law Firm is dedicated to helping school bus accident victims and their families pursue the compensation they deserve.

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