The National Association for Pupil Transportation has designated National School Bus Safety Week this week. This public awareness campaign takes place every year in October, and this year’s theme is “My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation.”
Although school buses are the safest form of student transportation, that doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, an annual average of 128 people were killed in school bus accidents from 2007 to 2016.
To help avoid the risks involved in contributing to these types of fatal bus accidents, here are some tips that parents can follow:
- Encourage your child to walk in groups, which are easier for bus drivers to identify
- Remind your child to practice good behavior while on the bus, as bus drivers may become distracted when students are unseated and not following directions.
- Ensure your child’s mobile devices (cell phones) are stowed away in bags or backpacks to help minimize distractions.
- Ensure that your child arrives at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early
- Warn your child never to chase after or run in front of a missed bus under any circumstances
Call A New York Bus Accident Attorney
While every motor-vehicle accident could potentially result in severe or fatal injuries, school bus accidents can be especially devastating because of who they involve. As a parent, you trust and depend on school buses to transport your child safely to and from school. When that trust is broken in the event of a tragic accident, knowing what to do or who to turn to can feel overwhelming.
If you have lost a child or loved one to a serious school bus accident, we encourage you to contact our team of compassionate attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. We are committed to helping you navigate this difficult time and the steps needed to get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
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