Around 25 million students nationwide travel on school buses every day. School buses are designed with safety in mind, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, stop-sign arms, seat belts, and energy-absorbing seat backs. Data shows that riding a school bus is the safest way to travel. Nearly two-thirds of school bus-related fatalities occur outside of the school bus, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Although buses are designed for safety, all moving vehicles involve risk. The following safety tips have been recommended by the NHTSA.
At the Bus Stop
- Arrive early—Wait at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- Stand at a distance—Stand 6 feet away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive.
- Supervise children—Young children should always have an adult with them.
Around the Bus
- Cross at a distance—When crossing in front of the bus, first make eye contact with the driver and then cross in front of the bus, leaving 10 feet between you and the headlights. Never walk behind the bus.
- Communicate with the driver—If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up. Tell the bus driver about it instead.
Getting On/Off the Bus
- Wait for doors—Don’t approach the bus until the bus has stopped and the door opens.
- Secure items—Tie up any loose or hanging objects like backpack straps or drawstrings on a hood.
Behavior on the Bus
- Buckle up—Use seatbelts if they are available.
- Remain in seat—Keep head, arms, and papers inside the bus.
- Keep aisles clear—Don’t leave books and bags where they could slide around or trip other students.
In the Event of an Accident, Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry Law, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.