They say that school buses are far and away the safest way for children to travel to and from school. After all, it's estimated that some 24 million American students ride the school bus each year, racking up a total of some 400 billion miles traveled all in all.
But school buses aren't accident proof - while crash statistics are substantially lower than accident rates in conventional motor vehicles, they still happen. And with accidents come fatalities. For school buses, it's estimated that the death rate is 0.2 deaths per 100 million miles. That's pretty low. In fact, more children die from being accidently struck by a school bus than from riding in a school bus. So with that being said, here's a look at some safety tips for children in and around the bus stop, as well as on the bus:
- At the bus stop, children should always wait in a place that's away from the road. Also, to prevent injuries from a potential accident, children should refrain from playing around the bus stop.
- Don't board the bus prematurely. Children should always wait until the bus has come to a complete stop and the red flashers have been turned on and its stop sign drawn. Then children should slowly board the bus, but not before looking both ways just to be safe.
- When on the bus, children should always sit in a forward-facing position. This is the safest position for a child to be in should there be any sudden, abrupt stops or traffic accidents.
- When exiting the bus, children should descend the steps and take at least three steps away from the bus. Most incidents occur right around the bus' wheels where driver blind spots are most common. But when children exit the bus appropriately and ensure that they distance themselves from the potential hazard, the risk is much lesser.
Even when all of the precautions are taken, both on the bus and at the bus stop, accidents may still happen. That's why if your child has been involved in a bus accident in any way, and you suspect that negligence was an issue, we encourage you to contact us today so that we can represent you and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We get that the most important thing in your life is your children and we have a wealth of experience representing clients in bus accidents. Contact a Philadelphia school bus accident lawyer today for more information so that we can start helping you.