In September in Philadelphia it seems as if there's a bus at every corner. School buses arrive by the dozen once school starts. You can help avoid a school bus accident by following some simple tips.
School buses tend to stop a lot, so keep more distance than you usually do between your vehicle and the school bus. If you stop while a school bus is loading or unloading, don’t move until the school bus is underway.
Never attempt to pass a school bus that’s turning or approaching a curve. These vehicles often need more than one lane for such maneuvers.
Always signal when turning, even with a green light. If you need to use windshield wipers, make sure your vehicle’s headlights are on.
While waiting for a school bus with your child, don’t hug the curb. Stand back to avoid the risk of any flying gravel or other debris when the school bus arrives. Never walk behind a school bus when you suspect the engine is running. If children are accompanying you, keep them close by and avoid distractions like reading a book.
Instruct your children to note the emergency exits on a school bus, tell tell them to quickly pick a seat, and then remain seated until the destination is reached. Tell your kids that they should exit the bus carefully and they should take the time to scan the road for any traffic approaching.
Adults should teach children who ride on school buses to tell the driver about any items they drop outside the bus rather than trying to retrieve the objects themselves. Children should also learn to be quiet on a school bus in order to hear any instructions from the driver.
If your children sustain a school bus accident injury, determining who is liable isn’t always immediately apparent. It can be very complex with multiple defendants, and an experienced school bus accident lawyer in Philadelphia should be retained to sort it out and obtain the maximum possible compensation.
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