service road inIrving. He was attempting to avoid an accident. An employee at a radio station took the bus’s picture and contacted the school district. The driver was suspended pending an investigation.
Although no accident occurred and no one was hurt in this incident, school buses are occasionally involved in accidents and children are hurt from time to time. So how can you make sure your kids are safe? First, you need to be aware of the risks involved with children and school buses, and educate your kids about how to stay safe. About 22.5 million school age children ride school buses to and from school. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 40 children are killed in school bus-related traffic accidents each year. These statistics make school buses one of the safest forms of transportation available.
Of those students who were killed in school bus related accidents, most were pedestrians struck by school buses rather than passengers. Children between the ages of 5 and 6 represented more than half of all school-aged pedestrians killed by school buses over the last 10 years. Therefore, it’s especially important to educate your younger children about the dangers of walking near school buses.
Inform your children that in order to stay safe, they should try to arrive at their bus stop early. When crossing streets, look both ways and cross at crosswalks. Once you’re at the bus stop, stand away from the curb. Cross at least 10 feet in front of the school bus, and wait for the driver to signal before you cross. While you’re actually riding the bus, don’t lean out the window. Try not to distract the driver, and use a seatbelt if it’s available.
Have you or your child been injured in a school bus accident because of the negligence of another party? If so, contact theHoustonschool bus accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833. Our attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.